Boorowa Crocs top the ladder after three rounds of cricket

After three rounds, the local cricket season has begun to take shape, with some surprising early contenders.

Up and over: The Boorowa Crocs have taken an early lead in the 2019/20 cricket rankings, but will not rest on their laurels. Photo: Darryl Fernance.

Up and over: The Boorowa Crocs have taken an early lead in the 2019/20 cricket rankings, but will not rest on their laurels. Photo: Darryl Fernance.

Leading the A and B Grade pack are the Boorowa Crocs, who have won both of their games.

However, there is an asterisk above that record, as the round one game between Boorowa and the Yass Bowling Club Pirates ended in a forfeit.

Their grasp on the top spot might currently be tenuous, but Crocs stalwart Phil Coggins believes his side is more well-rounded than in previous seasons.

"We're a little bit stronger in our batting this season, and I think that's going to help us a little bit," Coggins said.

"Our boys are confident we'll be able to compete with the better sides in A Grade.

"We've had a couple of new players come in. Our club captain, he's back for his second year, [and] we've had a couple of younger players come in who are a bit better with the bat."

After a bye on the weekend, the Crocs have had a stuttered beginning to the season. But Coggins thinks that might have been a blessing in disguise ahead of a busy period.

"[A forfeit and a bye] certainly doesn't give you too much momentum, but now we're heading into Christmas with five games straight, so barring weather we should get on a bit of a roll," he said.

Their sole completed match was played against the Dalton Dingos, which Boorowa won comfortably by six wickets.

This weekend, the Crocs will play their second game, against the Murrumbateman Blues.

"[They are] very much an unknown quanitity, but we certainly won't take them lightly," Coggins said.

"They'll have a very good side, especially at home they'll be keen to win.

"When they played in B Grade, they were hard to beat."

With a bolstered batting lineup and a historically strong bowling attack, Coggins said the team will take a relaxed approach to their next few games.

"We'll just see how it goes for the next few games, we may well change our batting order a bit," he said.

"We'll just see how it pans out in the next few games and see what works."

This weekend promises a host of exciting matches in A and B Grade.

The fifth-ranked Dalton Dingos will take on competition favourites in the Yass Golf Club Cobras at Victoria Park on Saturday from 12pm. Meanwhile, the Gundaroo Goats, currently in third, will play the Yass Bowling Club Pirates, who are last, at Gundaroo Oval from 12.30pm.

The Crocs and the Blues will play at the Murrumbateman Rec Grounds, and will start from 12.30pm.

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