WARRNAMBOOL and District Cricket Association (WDCA) skipper Nathan Murphy believes three weekends of Twenty20 matches will hold his side in good stead.
Murphy is at the helm of the Warrnambool and District division one side for this weekend’s Western Waves Festival of Cricket in Hamilton.
The WDCA enters the tournament as favourite to defend the title it claimed last year with a 62-run win over South West Cricket (SWC).
Murphy is adamant three weeks of Twenty20 cricket to start the WDCA season have further boosted the side’s chances.
“I think so. You’re playing a lot of cricket. They should all be primed,” he said of his team.
“The more Twenty20 you play, the better.
“The other thing is if it had have been one-day or two-day cricket (to start the season), some of the games might’ve been washed out.
“At least with Twenty20 you’re getting a result.”
WDCA will take on SWC, Hamilton and District and Horsham in division one at the Festival of Cricket.
Selectors have named a 13-man squad, which includes cricketers from nine different clubs.
Woodford has three representatives in the side, while Brierly-Christ Church and Allansford supply two players each.
Koroit, Wesley-CBC, Nestles and East Warrnambool-YCW are without representatives.
“I had a look at it and the good thing about it is the all-round ability,” Murphy said.
“They’re all good batsmen, bowlers, fielders, which will hold us in good stead.
“But we’ve got to start well in every game.
“It’s good to have representation from many clubs. Hopefully we can perform well and do the association proud.”
WDCA will also contest division two at the Festival of Cricket.
Nestles opening batsman Geoff Williams is at the helm of the youthful second side.