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A Bright Future for Prospect CC
The Prospect Cricket Club has deep roots in South Australian cricket, dating back to the 1920s.
Over the course of its almost 100-years in operation, the club has been home to players of all ages and all skill levels.
The great Sir Garfield Sobers, arguably one of the greatest all-round cricketers of all time, graced the Prospect pitch with his saintly presence in the ‘60s and the club has welcomed a plethora of international talent since.
Coach Andrew Zesers says the club’s rich history is a testament to its past, present and future players.
“I played [at Prospect] under Graham Clarke who played with Sir Garfield Sobers and Barry Richards and all those guys,” says Zesers.
“It’s certainly a club with lots of history, and a very rich winning history in the past.”
Although the 2016/17 season has not gone exactly to plan thus far— the Pirates sit 10th on the ladder after a first round loss and a second round draw—Zesers is optimistic that his team can make an impact on the top four as the summer of cricket progresses.
“We’re just looking at churning out as many runs as we can and putting teams under pressure,” he says.
“The wickets are very flat again this year… someone’s going to have to start playing more attacking cricket and having a go.”
Prospect’s last two day match, the aforementioned draw, resulted in a nail-biting finish against the 2015/16 Premiers, the Southern District Stingrays.
A sterling batting performance from the middle and lower order, proving the Pirates have firepower all the way down the order.
Coach Zesers says he was pleased with his side’s ability to steady the ship midway through the innings and stand firm at the crease, as well as its considerable depth.
“We’ve got quite a talented batting line-up all the way through; we’ve picked up Callum Basey who’s a young Englishman from the Darren Lehmann academy and he’s batted really well for us in the first couple of games,” says Zesers, who is in the second year of his second stint coaching at Prospect.
“Lachie Blunden made his first fifty in A Grade cricket and Isaac Boylan’s in reasonable form; the beauty of the first couple of rounds is we’ve been really competitive without Sam Miller dominating.”
Prospect’s bowling attack fought hard on day two of the fixture, claiming nine wickets and coming painfully close to an upset win.
“With the wickets being so flat, it’s hard to make a big impact after the first six or eight overs, but we hung in there and got a couple of late wickets with the second new ball… we just couldn’t get the last bloke out,” says a candid Zesers.
Prospect is looking to build on its ninth place finish in 2015/16 after finishing on the bottom of the ladder consecutively in the three previous seasons.
“The whole thing is about winning ways; it’s about just doing the little things every night at training,” says Zesers.
“On top of that, we’re trying to bolster the talent; we’ve recruited well, but obviously bringing young kids in takes time.”
Prospect’s attitude to its assault on the competition and its positivity going forward are just a couple of signs that the club is once again on the way up.
The Pirates will be confident as they prepare to face Adelaide in Round Four after their bye this week, having defeated the Buffalos last Sunday in the T20 competition.