THE Ulladulla United Cricket Club’s senior teams will be out to get on the front foot on Saturday and target New Year victories.
The United teams, from Saturday, will be taking part in the Shoalhaven District Cricket Association's two-day series of matches and they will be out to take control early.
United, in first grade, will play the dangerous Bomaderry Tigers at Lighthouse Oval.
The Tigers have not produced their best this season but it would be a mistake to disregard them as a threat.
Any team that has a match winner like Michael Coulter in its ranks will always be hard to beat.
Coulter, with both bat and ball, will be looking to put the Tigers in control of the match and he is a definite threat.
Add in Josh Coulter, Kyle Jarrett, Matthew Hiriart and Sumit Raina and it’s easy to see why Bomaderry will be hard to beat.
United also has plenty of players capable of producing match-winning efforts.
Wes Holmes and Aaron Wester have been making runs this season for United, while Angus Rutherford and Peter King can produce wicket-taking spells.
Throw in promising youngster Rocky Lavalle and you can see why United should be confident about its chances.
The United second graders will also be looking for a positive start to the New Year when they travel to Hanging Rock Oval to play neighbours Batemans Bay.
There is a lot to like about the United second grade team and openers Terry Dorrell and Andrew Eggins, if they bat, will be out to get the team off to a strong start.
Jed Silver and Dale Ramsden, if selected and if they get to a bowl, will be looking for big wicket-taking hauls.
The Bay selectors should be confident of success as they can call upon the likes of Anthony Mortimer, Ryan Hall, Luke Condon and Sean Griffin.
Lots of entertainment will be produced when the United fourth grade side heads to Lyrebird Park to play North Nowra Cambewarra.
Traditionally the fourth-grade teams have a mixture of younger and older players in their ranks and the young guns love taking on the veterans.
Ryan Geerlings and Greg Howarth give United a strong middle order, while Darren Smith and Kane Morgan love to attack to stumps.
Veteran Mark Kemsley and youngster Hayden Batson could take the new ball for Norths while the ageless Brett Mark and teenager Riley Sims will hope to do some damage with the bat.
In other cricket news, Berry Shoalhaven Heads (7/96) defeated Shoalhaven Ex-Servicemens (95) in the first grade Twenty20 grand final and in tier two Batemans Bay (2/95) beat Shoalhaven Ex-Servicemens (8/94)
The fourth-grade match between Bomaderry and Shoalhaven Ex-Servicemens was called off.
Meanwhile, the junior cricketers have to wait until January 19 for their season to restart.