Father and son to play first XI for Dragons

FAMILY TIES: Sandhurst skipper Craig Howard will have his son, Kayde, for company in the first XI clash with Golden Square on Saturday.
FAMILY TIES: Sandhurst skipper Craig Howard will have his son, Kayde, for company in the first XI clash with Golden Square on Saturday.

Sandhurst 15-year-old Kayde Howard will make his BDCA first XI debut alongside his father, Craig, on Saturday.

The young leg-spinner has been added to the Dragons' first XI side after consistent form at second XI and under-18 level, including a haul of 8-55 against Strathdale in the second XI.

"When you have kids you like to think you can play for long enough to be able to play with them,'' Craig Howard said.

"I'm really looking forward to it. He (Kayde) deserves the opportunity.

“His form in second XI has been solid all year.

"It's an opportunity for us to see where he's at. He still has plenty of work to do, but this gives him a look at this level." 

Kayde Howard, left, with Victorian Bushrangers squad member Xavier Crone.

Kayde Howard, left, with Victorian Bushrangers squad member Xavier Crone.

The Dragons play Golden Square at Wade Street in a game that looks destined to be a draw.

With the remaining four first XI matches making a start last Saturday, the Dogs and Dragons will play a one-day game under ordinary conditions.

Howard and Golden Square skipper Ben Gunn said they were unlikely to try and force a contrived result.

"The side that bowls first under these circumstances is in the box seat to try and get a result,'' Howard said.

"If it was the end of the season, and you were desperate for a result, then you might push for a contrived result.

"We'll go in with an attacking mindset, particularly with the ball... so we'll see what happens."

With the Dragons and Bulldogs inside the top four, both teams would be happy to walk away from this round with three points.

"We'll be happy to grab three points and have some good time in the middle with bat or ball,'' Gunn said.

"At this time of year it's not worth risking points just to get a result

"We're in a good place with a 4-1 record and it's important to get whatever points you can before Christmas." 

The Bulldogs will take the same 11 into Saturday's play as selected last Thursday night.

"No point changing the team. We'll stick with the players we selected,'' Gunn said.

"We're playing on a brand new wicket this week and it looks like it's going to be a good cricket wicket."

Golden Square: B. Gunn, T. Wood, Z. Keighran, S. Akolade, S. Johnson, L. Smith,  J. Higgins, G. Connelly, K. Chant,  J. Bysouth, S. Trollope.

Sandhurst: C. Howard, K. Howard, N. Gladman, S. Sperling, S. Robinson, A. Gray, T. Beard, T. Hinds, W. Gadsden, N. Palamandadige, S. de Silva.