Francois Mostert is expecting a competitive season of local club cricket after returning to Oamaru from Pretoria, South Africa for his second spell of coaching and playing in the Borton Cup.
The 22-year-old played for Oamaru last season but has joined Valley’s ranks for this year’s campaign.
Valley have a 100 percent record so far after handing Union their first defeat at King George Park since November 2011 and ending 12 successful defences of the Payne Tempero Cup, before posting a 12 run win over Oamaru/St Kevin’s at Weston last Saturday.
Despite the positive start, Mostert is not getting carried away with the opening day win over Union.
“I think we started very well, with two wins, I don’t want to put pressure on us, I think we have a chance (of winning the Borton Cup),” he said.
“I think the weather played a big part in it,” he said.
” We didn’t get much runs and they (Union) were looking pretty strong on I think it was 70 for 4 chasing 150 something, I’m not saying one player can change a team but Shaun Todd did well for us.”
Mostert said he is anticipating a competitive campaign following Oamaru’s amalgamation with St Kevin’s College.
” At the moment Valley has done pretty well,” he said.
“I think this year without the bye it’s going to be much better and more competitive between all the teams, you won’t have an easy game.
“I think Albion will be very strong and obviously Union but I think this year Oamaru / St Kevin’s can do well,”
The former Pretoria High School Old Boys Cricket Club player said he is adapting to his player-coach role with Valley.
“I think from a coaching point of view it’s quite difficult to coach a team like that because it’s not a young team you can work with,” he said.
“It’s a bunch of older guys that I can learn from them as well, so I think it’s going to be an interesting season, especially with Oamaru / St Kevin’s firing together and most of the clubs with pros, so I think it’s going to be really difficult.”
Following a tough campaign with Oamaru last season, Mostert reflected positively on his former club’s joint venture with SKC and expects the school boys to bolster the Choccos’ ranks.
” I think the three school boys playing for them will make Oamaru stronger and bring the youngsters through to the Borton Cup,” he said.
But Mostert believes the competition can still improve if more high school students continue to play at senior level.
” I think it can improve a bit more,” he said.
“There’s a lot of school kids that play cricket but don’t play senior cricket but I think it starts with youngsters in the club, there’s a lot of old guys playing in the team that stand in the places of youngsters.
“I think they must increase the youngsters, because they finish school and then don’t play anymore.”
Mostert will be hoping Valley can remain unbeaten when they lock horns with Waitaki Boys’ High School on Saturday.
PHOTO: JAMES FORD – Francois Mostert.