Oamaru Cricket Club has ‘‘pulled the trigger’’ and entered two teams in this season’s Dick Hunt competition.
The club is the twenty›20 champion, having beaten Glenavy in 2020›21 season final, but this season the club will have two teams — a coach’s XI and a president’s XI.
Senior player Robbie Breen said players had been split evenly between the two sides, leaving the club looking ‘‘very different’’ to last season.
It was an exciting and rewarding time for the club.
‘‘It’s magic. It’s really special,’’ Breen said.
‘‘We do realise that we’re not having our strongest 11 in one team . We made this conscious decision that we were going to. . . develop and try enjoy the fact we’ve got two teams out there.’’
Club coach Stephan Grobler will captain the coach’s XI while club president Reece Curle was president’s XI captain.
Breen, who was playing for the coach’s XI, said he would love one of the teams to win the Dick Hunt trophy but he was not getting ahead of himself.
The main goal was to expose all players to senior cricket and foster the newcomers, he said.
‘‘We’re very hopeful of winning but we’re not putting the blinkers entirely on.
‘‘We’ll have a lot of fun and we’ll try create an environment where those school boys can get a lot better.’’
St Kevin’s College’s Liam Direen, Lachlan Brookes and Jacob Klemick, when he was available, would be joining the coach’s XI.
Waitaki Boys’ High School players Quinn and Hunter Wardle would join the president’s XI.
There were some powerhouse players among the schoolboys — Liam was playing for Otago under-19, Lachlan had been part of the club since he was a ‘‘young fella’’ and the Wardle brothers had a lot of talent.
‘‘We’ve got a very special crew of school boys coming through.’’
The Dick Hunt competition gets under way tonight. Oamaru’s coach’s XI will play Albion at Centennial Park and Oamaru’s president’s XI will play Union at King George Park. Valley will host Glenavy in Weston.
The Borton Cup was washed out last weekend, wrapping up the first half of the season before the Christmas break.
At the end of the first six rounds, two have been abandoned due to rain, Albion sits top of the table followed by Oamaru, Union, St Kevin’s College, Waitaki Boys’ High School, Valley and Glenavy.
The Borton Cup will resume on February 5 next year.