Panther back to lead

Returning Panther Xavier Prime will captain Warrion in the club’s likely return to top-flight cricket in the Colac district association this season.

Former Warrion premiership player Xavier Prime is leading the club’s charge to return to Division One cricket in 2017-18.

Prime has moved back to the Colac district after a four-year stint in Darwin to work on his Cororooke farm, and will captain the Panthers in their likely comeback to top-grade cricket this season.

The classy left-handed batsman, who featured in Warrion’s last senior flag in 2009-10, said he was confident the Panthers would boast a competitive Division One outfit after a host of former players had put their hands up to play.

Prime said past skipper Jarrod Stinchcombe, experienced cricketer Dean Hutchinson, young gun Trent O’Dwyer and quick Lokky Harty were among players who had already committed to the

“It’s been really positive; we’ve got a lot of returning players,” he said.

“They are guys that we know and didn’t particularly target, but they’re happy to come back.

“Trent O’Dwyer, Jarrod Stinchcombe and Pat Morrissy, and Lokky Harty has committed to the full year, while Dean Hutchinson is also keen to play.

“I’m in some pretty positive talks with some other players, but it’s good to have some of those players commit early.

“Stinchy’s a previous captain and Trent was a very successful player about four years ago.”

Warrion made a return to the top grade in 2015-16 but finished on the bottom of the ladder, before slotting back into the Division Two competition last season, with the club reaching a semi-final, while also taking out the Division Three title.

Prime said the Panthers were aiming to have teams in all three senior grades for the upcoming season, as well as two junior sides.

He said helping Warrion return to being a successful club was a major drawcard to returning home to Victoria.

“It is good to be back and the opportunity to be part of Warrion weighed pretty heavily on that as well,” Prime said.

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