FAMILY ties have lured two of the Warrnambool and District Cricket Association’s most promising prospects back to their roots at Yambuk.
Former Port Fairy batsman Hamish Gleeson has returned to play under his father, Steve, who has been appointed co-coach.
Young paceman Connor Umbers has also lodged a clearance from Brierly-Christ Church and will spearhead the Buks’ bowling attack alongside his brother.
President and opening batsman Brian Wilson said the club’s off-season recruiting had injected enthusiasm into Yambuk’s coffers.
“You never know with your young blokes – you’ll have ups and downs and you hope that you have more ups,” Wilson said.
“They’ve both played at the club before so we all know each other fairly well. It’s a matter of just getting together and putting it on the park.
“Hamish has been around the club since he was born, really, and Connor played here a couple of seasons ago. His brother, Tyson, has taken on the vice-captaincy. It’ll be a good role for him.”
Wilson admitted he was unsure of what Woolsthorpe would bring in Yambuk’s season-opener on Saturday but said they posed a threat.
“I thought they were thereabouts last year, they just probably struggled to put wins on the board,” he said.
“They’ve recruited well – blokes like Jason Alberts and Joey Whitton add a lot of depth to their team.”
Yambuk is striving to improve on a fifth place finish in the Grassmere Cricket Association last season.