10 October 2018
Tigers Look To Go One Better
Claremont-Nedlands coach Jim Allenby and his Tiger army are aiming for a clean sweep of the Alcohol.Think Again Premier Cricket competition this year, after falling to Wanneroo in the T20 final before claiming the One-Day and Two-Day premierships last season.
“We hadn’t actually played a pre-season game,” Allenby said.
“We got washed out a few times and hadn’t really had a hit on the turf, so the messaging to the players was really more not to expect too much in terms of hitting the ball off the bat perfectly or placing the ball exactly where you want when bowling.
“It was more about attitude and commitment, relying a bit on our depth to get a few wins and not to panic if it wasn’t going great. We want to be peaking in February and March rather than October, but it’s great to get two wins from two matches to start the season.”
After playing 19 matches in the 2017-18 season (14 first grade, five T20), Allenby is looking to take on more of a full time coaching role this season, as his side looks to build on its fast start.
“Well, that’s the plan (to coach more than play),” he said.
“That was the plan last season too, but a lot of the lads got picked in the Scorchers and WA Futures league, which was great for us, but to avoid too much disruption, I ended up coming in.
“I probably played a little bit more than was planned, but hopefully we can keep a bit more of a stable side this season.”
While One-Day success has been a staple for the Tigers, winning the last three flags in a row, the club also managed to snare the Two-Day premiership for the first time in 14 years.
With that success, the hunters now become the hunted, which Allenby believes won’t affect his men at all.
“I don’t think it will affect us, not really,” he said.
“I think having won the One-Day competition the last three years in a row, we’ve been at the top for a few years and we’re comfortable with our plans around that. To try and win four in a row would be pretty special.
“As far as Two-Day cricket, it was our first in 14 years, it was amazingly special and it’s definitely something we’re trying to stay at the top of, so we’ll be looking at that a fair bit.”
The competition for spots in a settled line up can be fierce, and not too many teams can boast a line up as settled as the Tigers, which will make it hard for the youngsters in the squad to get a call up.
“I wouldn’t have thought we’d have too many debutants this season,” he said.
“I would say missing out on Chris Brabazon as skipper is probably the biggest change to our squad, but it will be more so about the guys who didn’t bat as much or bowl as much last season who will probably get more opportunities to move up the order.
“We want to give more responsibility to those guys, it’s probably more about shifting guys up the order a bit rather than new guys coming in.”
As for this season, Allenby and his Tigers want more success.
“Our aim is to win all three competitions,” he said.
“We lost the T20 Grand Final to Wanneroo last season, but the main thing, especially as a coaching group, is to make sure guys get better every week and every season. We learnt a lot last year about peaking at the right time of the season.
“Nothing really changes for us from season to season though, we just try and be good blokes and win games of cricket.”
Claremont-Nedlands take on Wanneroo in Round 3 on Saturday, October 13 at Cresswell Park at 10:30am.