2016/17 Whitney Cup: Rivals welcome back key players

SWING WHEN YOU'RE WINNING: Ben Semmler's bowling has been one of the big reasons why Colts is so far ahead on the RSL-Whitney Cup ladder. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

SWING WHEN YOU'RE WINNING: Ben Semmler's bowling has been one of the big reasons why Colts is so far ahead on the RSL-Whitney Cup ladder. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

RSL-Colts has passed nearly each of its tests so far this RSL-Whitney Cup season with flying colours but Saturday’s clash with Rugby at No. 1 Oval poses as another challenge.

Colts sits clear at the top of the ladder, 16 points clear of the second-placed Newtown just six rounds into the 2016/17 season.

Rugby is the only side to defeat the men in red this summer, scoring a nine-wicket win at a rain-affected Lady Cutler 2 back in the second round.

Rugby has built on that win with successive victories in the past two rounds and the side has been further boosted by both the return of James O’Brien and Jordan Moran.

The duo have missed a huge amount of club cricket through representative commitments and injury, with Moran having only turned out for Rugby once this season.

The biggest positive for Rugby is the fact the side has been competitive without those two standouts, with captain Nathan Munro, who looks in fine touch nearly every time he bats this season, leading the way.

Moran is a huge inclusion for the side on Saturday, with the powerful left-hander only this week scoring selection in the NSW Country side to contest the Australian Country Cricket Championships in January.

His batting is something the experienced Colts side is all too familiar with.

Colts also welcome some players back on Saturday with Western Zone representatives Greg Buckley and Marty Jeffrey returning.

The one-day match at No. 1 Oval starts at 1pm.

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