Crawley expects tougher competition in 2017-2018

Aaron Thorn delivers a ball during last season's Cowra District Cricket Association competition.
Aaron Thorn delivers a ball during last season's Cowra District Cricket Association competition.

Last season’s Cowra and District Cricket Association first grade premiers Bowling Club have strengthened its line-up ahead of the opening round of the new Lachlan Premier Competition.

Hard-hitting batsman Mick Curtale and wicket-taker Nathan Thorn have linked with the Matt Crawley captained team, who meet Valleys this Saturday at Twigg Oval.

This week the side will be without all-rounders Tim Berry, Charlie Johns and top order batsman Kurt Johnstone, as well as wicketkeeper Scott Gray who has retired.

Crawley is confident his side’s a threat in the new competition.

“I think it’s going to be a strong competition. The two Parkes sides will be really good so we’re prepared for a stronger competition than last season,” he said.

Bowling Club have also picked up 15-year-old Bathurst product Matt Gaut who looms as a bowling option. Aaron Thorn is expected to open the bowling.