Centrals face CYMS in season opener with a player shortage

NEW CULTURE: Centrals' skipper Daryl Kennewell. Photo: MATT FINDLAY

NEW CULTURE: Centrals' skipper Daryl Kennewell. Photo: MATT FINDLAY

New Centrals captain Daryl Kennewell faces a tough baptism as a player shortage has him looking around ahead of Saturday’s season opener.

Centrals play reigning premiers CYMS at Jack Brabham 4, the ground’s turf wicket closest to Forest Road, with a few regulars out.

“The most important thing about the first game is getting it out of the way. I’ve got nine (players), but I’ve still got second grade to draw on. I’ll have to get a few ring-ins,” Kennewell said.

“There are a few injured from the off-season, but once they come back we’ll be better. The next couple of weeks will be important.”

Kennewell said he was introducing a new culture around the club.

“When I first came to the club it was a little intense, too intense. People need to have a more laid-back attitude and enjoy their cricket.”

He said he was not nervous about the captaincy role.

“It’s not about who wins or who loses. It’s about managing the game and managing the players.”

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