THE 2013/14 season is shaping up to be a very close run affair in the Manning River District Cricket Association first grade competition with five teams vying for top honours.
New boys on the block are the Cundletown/Leagues/Wherrol Flat United Club. With Cundletown and Leagues struggling for first grade numbers a very proactive approach was taken by both clubs and they have united their first grade sides.
However they will still maintain the lower grades under their respective clubs' banners.
Last year's premiers Old Bar return with a strengthened squad, boosted by the addition of North Coast representative batsman Ben Cole and rounding off the side with Mark Burgess and young gun Brock Stewart, while Michael Rees' services have also been secured until at least the end of January. The boys from the Bar must be favourites.
Wingham have added the Williams brothers, Daine and Ryan to their squad which will strengthen their bowling attack.
Wingham have Adam Carney as the captain for 2013/14 and with experienced campaigners in Mick Stinson and Brad Staff, will no doubt be at the sharp end.
Great Lakes and Taree West continue to build and will field relatively young sides this year.
It's looking to be another great season of cricket.
B-grade will be a six team competition and like first grade, will commence with T20 games for the first few weeks.
The T20s will form a part of the overall competition and will be played for points.
C-grade will be a 10 team affair with Great Lakes and Old Bar submitting two teams each.