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The Unley Cricket Club currently fields 5 senior teams in grades A through to F and fields a one day side in the LOB’s. We also field two junior teams, one in the under 15’s and the other in the under13’s.

Club Coach: Brenton Wilson
Wilbur has been coach of the club for the past two seasons, stepping down from his role as A grade captain to give all sides his full attention. He certainly knows his way around the club, having been there since the 1997/98 season, scoring 1,161 runs at 25.8, while also wicketkeeping for a fair bit of his career. Before that he was playing at district club Sturt so he certainly knows a lot about cricket, and brings a wealth of experience to the role.Coach Brenton Wilson

Wilbur's off spin bowling in the nets is also a highlight of some training sessions, with the loud and vigorous appeals striking fear into the heart of the batsman, while the introduction of the 1 to 6 and back to 1 runs resemble the amount of coke cans that Wilbur can put down on a good night.

There is one other fearsome aspect to Wilbur. The only thing he will grill you over more than getting out to a silly shot is if you have done something to earn a pink jacket nomination. He has the ability to make every nomination sound like it could be the winner, but somehow anything stupid he does seems to slip through the net.

A Grade Bowler Tim Smith
Much will rely on 2002/03 leading wicket taker Tim Smith

A Grade: Division A1
Captain: Andrew Muller

Andrew Muller has represented the Unley Cricket Club as a damaging left arm A Grade bowler for 4 seasons, taking 97 wickets at an average of 18.5, and over the last two years has also taken over the role of captain, attempting to guide the A grade into the finals. It has been a long time between drinks, and his team for this year is a mixture of youth and experience. Young batsman Ross Nicholson and fast bowler Jody Hardenberg have only played a handful of A grade games, a stark contrast to the experience of Greg Vaughan, Muller and Scott Brennan. With this mix, and Tim Smith’s continued form with the ball they should be able to make the top four.

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B Grade: Division B2
Captain: Graham Burton

With slashing number 5 batsman Graham Burton at the helm for the second straight year, the B Grade will be looking to play finals this season. Burts has now been playing at Unley for 9 years, amassing 1,846 runs and will accept no less. They came close last year, the 8 run loss to Flinders Uni proving costly as Flinders pipped them for fourth spot. After losing the first game they will have to work hard, but young fast bowlers Robin Swift and Nick ‘Scratcher’ Twinch, as well as elevated opening batsman Chad Wescombe have showed enough promise to suggest this side is capable of doing it.

C Grade
Captain: Ian Jones

Left arm quick Ian Jones has had much success with his ‘dad’s army’ team over the last couple of seasons, taking them to the premiership last year and to the grand final and a promotion from D to C Grade the year before. The side will again expect big things from batsman and off ‘spinner’ Tony Fiore, while Mario Spinelli and the captain himself will be expected to perform once again to give them a chance of going back to back.

D Grade
Captain: Doug Stevens

Doug Stevens takes charge of a side that won the minor premiership and went up a grade under Brett Murphy's guidance last year. The side is also likely to contain his son Josh, who has made the step up from juniors after playing some games in the one-dayers last year. Keeper Matthew ‘Jimmy’ Dean showed potential behind the stumps in his first year at the club, while other first year players Aaron Thomas and Adam Beauchamp showed promise in the bowling department. They should be promoted but the return of Steve Safralidis from overseas, and the introduction of new bowlers Luke 'T-Rex' Tonkin and Daniel Delawyer will help to cover these losses. Combine that with the continued form of Mark Leoni and Rick Bowyer, along with the run scoring power that Doug Stevens will provide and this side can go all the way.

F Grade
Captain: Brett Murphy

Having scored 2487 runs for the Unley Cricket Club during his 12 seasons, Brett Murphy knows what it takes to grind out victories, and his D grade side backed him up last year, winning the minor premiership. This season he takes on the role of F Grade captain, guiding a team of young colts, some of which have recently come up from the juniors. With a strong batting line up and a keen group of lads, the experience should prove invaluable.

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LOB
Captain: Brett Mancini

Having been a former AFL footballer Brett certainly knows what it takes to succeed. His side was knocked out in the semi-finals last year in extremely controversial circumstances, and with players like Jeff and Steve Zweck excelling with both bat and ball, as well as John Athanasiou making another mountain of runs they also have the potential to go all the way.

Juniors
Under 15 captain: John Lee
Under 13 captain: Sam Lowe
The juniors began in 1998, with life member Peter Hanson playing a major role in starting them up. LOB's player Shane Edmonds then took over after one season, also putting in a huge effort before handing over the reigns to now club president Warren Ainscough. Andrew Weinmann now plays a major role, but a number of senior players, as well as club coach Brenton Wilson, get involoved. The juniors play at Unley High School on a turf wicket, something not many of the clubs they play against have the pleasure of doing, while special functions where Redbacks players come out to training have occurred in the past.

The aim of Unley's junior program is to develop cricketers to play at the highest possible level. Whether that be Test Cricket, state cricket, district cricket or senior cricket at Unley, every effort is put in to ensure that this occurs. A number of players have been successful in this during the junior program's short history. Nick Hussey and Jason Pilkington are plying their trade in the juniors at district club Sturt, while a number of other players have made the step up to play senior cricket for Unley in the last couple of seasons. 17 year old Andrew Caire notched up his maiden century in the F grade in round 1 scoring 128,and he is now looking at playing in a higher grade, being selected for the B grade in round 2, which was washed out. 16 year old quick Daniel Delawyer also picked up his first 5 wicket haul in the D grade in round 2. Other junior players to make the step up to senior cricket so far include Josh Stevens, Shane Newbound and Kyong Duncan, while under 15's captain John Lee showed his club spirit by giving up a Saturday afternoon to sub field in the B grade, doing an immaculate job.

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