DEFENDING CHAMPIONS: Secretary and treasurer of the Cootamundra District Cricket, Pat Kerin, with awards won by Cootamundra cricket teams last year. The Stribley Shield, the Country Plate and the FIFE Shield are on display at the Cootamundra Ex-Servicemans Club.PAT Kerin, the secretary and treasurer of the Cootamundra District Cricket Association (CDCA), says Cootamundra’s representative cricket team is set for another busy season.

“As defending premiers of the Country Plate and Stribley Shield our representative team will be hoping for another successful season,” Mr Kerin said.

“The team is also looking forward to competing for the O’Farrell Cup.”

Last season four teams including Cootamundra contested the newly formed South West Fuel Cup competition conducted jointly with Temora while five teams contested the Sparre Cup competition.

“It’s hoped that these team numbers remain static,” Mr Kerin said.

Country Club who won both the South West Fuel Cup and the Sparre Cup last season, has confirmed they will field a team in both competitions while the makeup of the remainder of the teams will be made known in early September when nominations close.

Mr Kerin says a number of developments have unfolded in the offseason which will impact local cricketers in the upcoming season.

“Sadly, after two successful seasons, the Central Hotel Bears have folded,” he said.

The Bears won the Merrin Cup in their first season 2012/13 and last season were runners up to Country Club in the South West Fuel Cup.

Should Cootamundra make it through to the semi-finals of the Country Plate, the final series will be held in Tamworth after Christmas.

This season McDonalds will sponsor a number of Australian cricket carnivals, including the Country Plate; so the competition will now be called the McDonalds Country Plate.

Mr Kerin says the CDCA will be using MyCricket for the first time this season.

It’s an online program that helps cricketing communities manage administration, players, and statistics on a centralised database.

“By using the program, teams will make significant savings on insurance and players will be able to monitor their team’s performances as well as individual stats.”

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