Flatts eye swift return to top flight
Flatts Victoria cricket captain Dajon Carey is confident his side can make an immediate return to the Twenty20 Premier Division after their perfect start to the new First Division campaign.
Having endured a disappointing relegation last term, Flatts have responded in fine fashion, clinching back-to-back wins, overcoming Western Stars by 49 runs in their opener before securing a seven-wicket win over Somerset Bridge last weekend.
While expectations remain high at the club, Carey is also well aware that as one of the highly fancied teams for promotion, rivals will be keen to topple his side, including when they face Bermuda Under-19s at White Hill Field on Saturday.
“The aim is definitely to bounce back and make an immediate return to the Premier Division,” Carey said. “I feel like we are more than capable of competing at a higher level and so this year is all about getting back to the Premier Division.
“We know teams will be looking at us as one of the stronger teams in this division. Everyone is gunning for us and so we have to ensure that we cope with that added pressure and do what we have to come out on top in every game.
“We've had a great start to the season so far. We've had two good games and really strong team performances overall. Hopefully we can build on that moving forward.”
Despite relegation, Flatts managed to keep hold of the core nucleus of last season's squad with the key experience of the likes of Carey, Regino Smith, Cofield Robinson and Reggie Baker being supplemented by the burgeoning talents of Logan Jones and Shane Robinson.
While promotion remains the ultimate ambition, Carey also reflected on the importance of giving the younger squad members a chance to flourish.
“Luckily we managed to keep a lot of our experienced squad from last season and they will help bring the younger players through and give them that support for the season,” Carey added.
“Players like Regino Smith have had a fantastic start to the season and that has been great for us to start games on the front foot. However, it is also important to have the aim of trying to bring a few youngsters through into the team.
“We've got a good chance to give them some exposure and experience so if we do get promoted they will be better equipped to make that step up.
“Some of them played a little bit last season but it was their first year. This year they are a little more experienced and expectations have gone up on them as a result.”