Veteran goes in to bat for youthful side

VETERAN Bundaberg sportsman David Jones has taken the helm of Across The Waves as the team mounts its 2010 campaign in the new-look competition.

Jones will see the year out at Salter Oval after coaching the Isis Devils to the preliminary final of the Bundaberg Rugby League competition.

The left-handed batsman will add some experience to the fresh-faced Across The Waves outfit as player-coach.

“I think the average age of our team was about 19 but I've brought it right up to 35,” he joked.

While the side lacks the experience of seasoned Bundaberg Cricket Association players, Jones said the young team would make up for it with enthusiasm.

“They're passionate and they're open to change so early indications point to a good season,” he said.

“There is talent there. It's just a matter of harnessing it and channelling it the right way.”

Jones said a focus would be placed on playing steady, smart and savvy cricket.

“We don't have a bowling attack that can knock sides over straight away, so we're going to need to bowl to a line and set the field accordingly,” he said.

“We need to play smart to restrict sides and try and force errors.”

Across The Waves will play division one newcomers Norths in the Twenty20 pre-season competition, at 11.30am tomorrow at Salter Oval.

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