The big off season news is that of former Scotch College First XI premiership captain, Matthew Mitchell, who is the latest star old boy to return to Morrison Street to ply his craft.
Matt Mitchell has been strutting his stuff for Melbourne University CC in premier cricket from 2012-16. Most Scotchies would recall that in 2012, Mitchell captained Scotch 1st XI to APS premiership, where he lead the way with the bat with a number of telling performances. Matt also had a spell as an overseas pro at Lindow Cricket Club (Cheshire League in the UK).
When asked what he hoped to bring to the Old Scotch set up, Mitchell responded "My hopes for this year are to help the club improve from last year and go one better by winning the premiership. Hopefully in the process I can make some runs myself and contribute my fair share with the bat."
After John "the enigma" Stavris off season efforts to convince Mitchell to return to Scotch, it is perhaps unsurprising that Mitchell stated: "I am really looking forward to playing with some mates that I played with at Scotch as well as being able to help mentor some of the younger guys that come down and play with us who are still playing at the school."
Mitchell finished by saying : "Hopefully I can be a positive influence on the group and both sides can experience the ultimate success at the end of the season."
We hope so, too Matty!
Several Old Boys and soon to be Old Boys have also joined the club over the off season with Justin Mitchell joining his brother Matt, premiership hero Pat Butler returning to add more silverware to his CV, along with young guns Charlie "Choc" Hocking, James "Throat Ball" Halse, Santhush "Herath" Gunawardene and Will "shot gun" Meggett all making their debuts today. Several other boys will be joining as soon as exams are over in the coming weeks, and there will be some big announcements made shortly. The return of last summer's boom recruits Chris "Jacko" Jackson, Ollie "Slasher" McLeish and Will "the Doc" Bonwick is also cause for excitement as the regeneration of Old Scotch Cricket club through youth is gathering apace.
It is going to be any exciting season, and you won't want to miss any of the action as both XI's look to atone for failing to land the big prize last season after both finished the home & away rounds clear ladder leaders in Division One and Two of the MCC Club XI competition.
Today the Seniors take on newly promoted Old Caulfield at Glenhuntly Park, while the Celebrities venture over to Syndal Playing Fields to take on the always powerful Old Wesley. Both matches kick off at 12:30pm - see you there!
SURROUND YOURSELF IN THE EXCITEMENT!