By Simon McEvoy
Frankston Standard Leader
3 September 2018
FRANKSTON Peninsula hopes former Australian quick John Hastings will captain it in the first part of the season.
Hastings led the Heat in four Twenty20 games last season and club coach Keith Jansz expects him to steer the ship again.
“We are hoping ‘Hasto’ will be available for the first part of the season and if that’s the case, John will more than likely be the skipper,’’ Jansz said.
“Obviously his performances speak for themselves but just having him on the ground is great for the players.’’
Hastings has a new challenge this summer after joining the Sydney Sixers in the Big Bash League.
Frankston Peninsula, meanwhile, is still “in negotiations’’ to get English batsman Tom Wood back this season.
Wood scored 580 runs, at 44.6, last season.
“We’re just waiting on a couple of cards to fall into place,’’ Jansz said.
Talented batsman Tom Ewing is key addition for the Heat, returning to the club after a season with Footscray.
Dandenong’s Luke Gandy is another notable addition. The right-arm fast medium bowler, a former Peninsula Old Boys junior, represented the Victoria Country Under 19 cricket team last December.
St Kilda batsman Jack O’Toole is another recruit.
Several players from the MPCA have joined the club. They include Chris Dew (Pearcedale), Ryan McDonald (Mornington), Devlin Webb (Hastings), Blake Eklund (Pearcedale), Jack Curtis (Peninsula Old Boys), Liam Collett (Rosebud) and Sean Van Wijk (Delacombe Park).
Frankston Peninsula’s reigning club champion Liam Tonkin is recovering well from major back surgery and hopes to play round one.
Tonkin was the Heat’s leading run scorer last season with 709, at 44.3.
Robbie Salerni will take wicket-keeping gloves for the Heat.
“We’re happy with what we’ve got,’’ Jansz said.
“We’ve got 72 on the list, so we are in the enviable position of having to cut a few.’’
Jansz says it’s time for Frankston Peninsula’s players to raise their level of performance and expectations.
“That’s the one thing I’ve been drilling into the guys…I don’t want cameo performances, I want match-winners, week in, week out,’’ Jansz said. “None of this business of making a terrific 30 or 40, they have to go on with it.’’