Muswellbrook cricketers keen to continue winning form in Singleton District Cricket Association

TALENTED Muswellbrook batsman Jarrod Watts is hoping the side’s good form continues in the Singleton District Cricket Association following an impressive opening round triumph.

The new-look outfit, which withdrew from the first grade competition mid-season in 2016-17, crushed PCH/Glendon by 30 runs at Cook Park 3 at the weekend.

Watts led the charge with the bat, thanks to an unbeaten half century, while Mick Deakin produced an amazing bowling spell, claiming 6-9 off three overs.

“After what happened [last year], it was good to get an early win,” the youngster said.

“It will give the boys a bit of confidence.

“We had a few guys out, but everyone contributed to the victory.

“As for Mick’s [Deakin] figures, it was a great effort.

“After going for eight runs in his first over, he picked up 6-1 off his next two.”

Watts finished with 50 not out – and he’s keen to maintain that momentum against JPC at Victoria Park on Saturday.

“I was a bit rusty to start with,” he admitted.

“Hopefully, I can score some more runs this weekend.

“JPC is coming off a bye, so we know it will be tough.

“But, we’ve got a stronger team this season, with more batting and bowling depth in the line-up.

“Marty Blenman has also returned – and brought a few players back from Maitland.

“They’re experienced, which is good for us.

“I think we’ll learn a lot from each other.”

It will be a busy time for Watts, who’ll also undertake his HSC from Monday.

“Yeah, I might miss a week or two,” he said.

“However, my goal is to perform consistently for the side.

“I want to score as many runs as possible.

“And, I don’t feel a finals berth is out of the question.

“If we make them, we’ll be competitive.

“Valley and Creeks appear the big dangers; they always go well.”

Round two draw (Saturday):

First grade –

PCH/Glendon v Creeks (Howe Park)

JPC v Muswellbrook (Victoria Park)

Valley bye

Second grade –

PCH/Glendon v Creeks (Cook Park 2)

JPC v Muswellbrook (Cook Park 3)

Valley v Denman (Denman No 1)

Third grade –

PCH/Glendon v Creeks (Cook Park 5)

Valley v Denman (Denman No 2)

JPC bye