There is no secret the Adelong Donkeys is a team full of potential, with a young squad boasting some of the most talented cricketers in the Elders Cup competition.
Led by captain Tyron Gorman, top order batsmen Corey Wilson and Tate O’Donovan and quick bowlers Jake Hardwick and Jordy Maher, Adelong already had the makings of a top four team.
After an off-season recruiting drive, the Donkeys have added to their strong list, and will call upon the impressive pair of Jake Elphick and Luke Berkrey, with the former the signing of the competition and arguably one of the competition’s best and brightest bowlers.
Elphick was prolific in 2019/20 for Family, playing in seven games and taking 19 wickets at an average of 12, with his best bowling figures 6/32.
The opening quick wasn’t too bad with the bat either, scoring 138 runs with a high score of 62.
Berkrey, who also joins the club from Family, is another strong allrounder, who is a capable higher order batsman and pace bowler who didn’t play too often last season.
Elphick explained it was his Gundagai Tigers connection with Gorman and Wilson that led him to signing up with Adelong.
“I play footy with a few of the boys that play in the team and Tyron actually asked me if I wanted a game this year,” Elphick said.
“Also being mates with a fair few of the boys in the team, I thought why not give it a crack.”
Elphick said Adelong already had a strong roster, and hoped the new Gundagai signings would help the Donkeys find winning form.
“I think they always had a very strong team last year with some quality players in their team, but they were just unable to string some wins together,” Elphick said.
“Hopefully Berks (Luke Berkrey) and I can add something to the team and I think we will have a very strong team.”
The 20-year-old speedster thought he would complement fellow opening bowler Jordy Maher, suggesting they had different, yet effective styles.
“I think we will work well together; he (Maher) is a very good bowler and has the ability to swing the ball and take wickets,” Elphick said.
“Whereas myself, I’m more of line and length (bowler) and try bowl nice and tight. Having two different types of bowlers opening the bowling is always tough to face, so hopefully we complement each other.”
Maher, who has been one of Adelong’s best in recent seasons, was pleased to see two strong signings joining his club.
“It helps a lot adding them to our colours; Jake is a class bowler and a very handy batter and also with Berks being a quality batter, our line-up will be looking a lot stronger,” Maher said.
As far as sharing the new ball with Elphick, Maher was excited for the opportunity and said they were ready to cause some damage.
“Jake and myself are both looking really good, I’m sure (we) will be causing a lot of damage with the ball this season. I’m very confident we will get a few scalps early in games,” Maher said.
Adelong will get a chance to showcase their new attack and give the likes of Elphick and Berkrey a chance to make an immediate impact when they visit Lotts at Owen Vincent Oval tomorrow.
In other Elders Cup round one matches, Coolac host Family at Coolac Recreation Ground, Wyangle take on Tumut Plains at The Bull Paddock and Commercial Colts host the Golfie Lippers at Riverglade Oval.