Last year Murray Districts Barrier was said to have named a very strong squad for the annual SA Cricket Association’s senior Country Carnival in Adelaide and the side performed admirably to finish runner up for the championship to South East.
That was despite a disappointing effort from the batting department in the side with no player in the top ten performers over the four day event.
This season coach Greg Graetz has just announced his 2017 group and again it looks full of talented, in form players.
The 2017 Carnival starts next Monday 6th February and MDB will be looking for a big improvement with the bat.
Missing from the 2016 side are Cody Howard, Jake Albrecht and Brad Kielow.
In an increased squad coming in are Brad Walter (Loxton), Roley Boon (Renmark), Lovey Singh (Waikerie Ramco), Craig Altus (Lameroo) with veterans Michael Gutsche (Loxton),47, and Drew Crane (Murrayville) ,39, also listed. The allround talents of both will be useful if required.
Also powerful West Broken Hill allrounder Paul Attard, 46, returns after some success last year.
The full squad is Jarred Paull (Central Broken Hill), Josh Deren (Loxton), still the captain and vice captain from 2016, Brad Rosenzweig (Berri), Matthew Hanberg (West Broken Hill), Haydon Thorpe, Duane Simon (Parrakie), Walter, Will Lehmann, Gutsche (Loxton), Tobias Hack (Central Broken Hill), Boon , Singh , Altus, Attard and Crane.
Hack provides outstandingt wicket keeping ability while those amongst the runs in 2016/17 include Paull, Deren, Rosenzweig, Thorpe, Walter, Altus and more.
Young Will Lehmann,19, made an outstanding debut at this level last year with his medium paced bowling earning him a place in the Team Of The Carnival.
Along with other quicks Rosenzweig, Simon, Boon, Singh, Attard and Crane and leg spin of Hanberg and off spin of Gutsche the skipper has plenty of bowling options at his disposal.
The Team Manager is Drew Crane who replaces stalwart Jon Matthews who has looked after all of the players needs, aches and pains and much, much more for the last 20 carnivals.