It doesn’t look like the Commercial Colts will be the Elders Cup whipping boys in 2020/21, after the club made a handful of key signings and re-signings ahead of the competition that kicks off on October 10.
The Commercial Cutters and Tumut High School Colts merged last year to make the Commercial Colts, but were unable to muster up a win in a tough first season of the Elders Cup.
Captain Aidan Thomas was busy throughout the off-season though, recruiting Glenn Appleby and Tristen Beaumont from Tumut Plains, Tim Myers from Lotts and announcing that Simon Smith and Nathan Watson would play a bigger roll this season compared to last season.
Appleby is a particularly interesting pick-up, with the veteran all-rounder a perfect fit for a young Colts that lacked direction last season.
“He adds a lot of experience and will be good for helping the younger players understand the basics of the game,” Thomas said.
Thomas couldn’t look past Appleby’s batting attributes either, an area Commercial really struggled at times in their first full season of the Elders Cup.
“He can score runs and if we can get someone to stay around with him, we should be right and should put on some runs,” Thomas said.
“He is very excited to come play with us, he wanted to have a year with us, so it worked out well for us.”
Thomas was excited to potentially have Appleby, Watson and Smith in the same top order too, and said Commercial was a chance to win some games this season.
“If we have all three of them turning up for one week, we have a big chance and I reckon we have a pretty handy team,” Thomas said.
The bowling Commercial stocks are looking strong too, with opening bowler Beaumont and nifty first-change option Myers welcome additions and no doubt adding much-needed depth to the squad.
Beaumont, who broke his foot early in the 2019/20 season, is keen to come across and earn his place in the Commercial side.
“I played three games last year before I was run over by a fork lift, so I am coming from 12 months off cricket and it is going to be interesting,” Beaumont said.
“If I am coming across, I want first pill, but in saying that, I am still new to the team and I don’t want to come in and take someone’s spot.
“I said I would give Thommo (Jacob Thomas) a couple of weeks and find some form and earn my place.”
The 22-year-old will be a fiery addition to a new-look Tumut side after most recently spending two seasons out at Tumut Plains.