Bay names captain, while stars stay put

Apollo Bay all-rounder Dale Boyd has taken on the Sharks’ captaincy.

New Apollo Bay cricket captain Dale Boyd says the club is rapt to retain two of the league’s top players for the 2017-18 season.

Boyd said reigning Bill Johnston Medallist Tyson Holt had backflipped on a decision to join Irrewarra and would remain at the coastal club, while state representative junior Ezrah Robertson has also committed despite interest from Geelong Cricket Club.

He said Holt’s experience and leadership would help cover the loss of Ben Knight, who has returned to Geelong league club East Belmont, and former captain Darren Gill who is taking a season off.

Knight scored 227 runs at an average of 25.2 last summer, while Gill scored 182 at 20.2.

“It’s really good to have Holty back on board this season, I think he’s keen to play most weeks, the longer break has helped him,” Boyd said.

“We were disappointed to lose Knighta and Gilly, but to still have guys like Holty and Jack Pascoe, we’ve still got a good mix of youth and experience I think,” he said.

Robertson earned selection to take part in Cricket Victoria’s Under-19 Academy Country and Metro trial squads, and is set for a big summer of cricket with the Barwon Rockets.

“There’s been a bit of interest in Ezrah but we’re probably lucky he’s still finishing school,” Boyd said.

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