Cricket: Hastings River District Cricket Association second grade action takes centre stage

PREMIER Cricket League players are expected to drop back to second grade for this weekend’s Hastings River District Cricket Association action.

Returning: Jared Humphreys will drop back to second grade this weekend. Photo: Matt Attard

Returning: Jared Humphreys will drop back to second grade this weekend. Photo: Matt Attard

With the Premier League having a bye, some teams will field strong second grade teams for the weekend.

Port Pirates youngsters Jared Humphreys, Tom Connolly and Connor Cook will ply their trade in a clash with Port City Leagues Magpies.

HRDCA media manager Harry Brady said it could only be a positive to see high-quality players making other grades stronger.

“That’s the plan,” he said.

“We want to have good standard of cricket across most grades and there’s no doubt a few teams will welcome their first graders back.”

We want to have good standard of cricket across most grades.

HRDCA media manager Harry Brady

Pirates will host Port City Leagues Magpies at Oxley Oval, while Comboyne and Macquarie will clash at Wayne Richards Park.

Brady said it would be normal for Macquarie to do likewise.

“They have done that before with a couple of their players,” he said.

Brady said “everyone is loving the Premier League, so the two second grade fixtures will be up to a high standard.”

Comboyne Kendall are the only team to have registered two wins from two starts.

Hudson McCarron has led the way in both victories, topscoring with 76 in the opening round, before he hit an unbeaten 21 last week.

First ball is at 1pm.