Two Blues News
An Appointment with The Doc
Newtown and Chilwell Cricket Club is excited to announce that gifted all-rounder Shane Murdoch will be the coach for the 2020/2021 season. “This is a special announcement for our club,” said President Tom Levick.
“As one of our most consistent players in recent seasons, Shane already has the respect of the playing group, the whole of the club in fact. “He also has a great knowledge of the game, and the capacity to pass that knowledge on in a forthright but always positive way.”
The 34-year-old Shane Murdoch, who replaces respected veteran Shane Franklin, joined the Two Blues for the 2017/2018 season and had an immediate impact, joining the select group of First XI cricketers to have passed 150. Since then, he has averaged close to 30 with the bat and has proven himself a handy change bowler, either with left-arm medium pace of finger spin.
“I am super-excited to be appointed the coach of such a great club,” Shane said.
“Because we have such a young group, I have taken on this job because I don’t want the players to have the pressure of impressing someone new to the club. “The potential is there with the players we have, I want them to focus next summer on enjoying our cricket as a group, and if we achieve that, then it follows that the club will be doing well.
“I want everyone to train hard so that they perform well on a weekly basis, knowing that they have the full support of the coach because, if they put in, I will back them.”
The club is backing Shane Murdoch to take a talented playing group to a new level. “Shane will have the all-of-club focus that we want, but with our hard wicket sides all making finals, and two winning premierships, we will be looking to him to have impact with our turf teams,” Tom Levick said. “We are a club that welcomes newcomers, but at the same time wishes to develop and promote players from within, particularly through our junior programs. “Shane fits into both those categories, he was a newcomer, and an impressive one, just a few summers ago, but has become such an integral part of the club that we can proudly say with this appointment, that we are promoting someone who is well and truly a Two Blue person.”
Newtown and Chilwell Cricket Club passed a significant milestone in the truncated 2019/2020 season – the first club in the GCA to reach 100 premierships – 60 in senior cricket and 40 in the juniors. “Those premierships in the summer just gone, as well as bringing up our century, tell us we have a great base from which to build for the future,” Tom Levick said.
“Shane Murdoch will play in key role in that building process.”
The club is also pleased to confirm that Dylan Hodge will be the First XI captain next season.