Andy Mack: Albion leg spinner Will Maggs to benefit from playing longer format

COMING UP: Will Maggs, pictured playing for Gunnedah's under 16s side last year, is one player Andy Mack thinks will benefit from playing two-day cricket.
COMING UP: Will Maggs, pictured playing for Gunnedah's under 16s side last year, is one player Andy Mack thinks will benefit from playing two-day cricket.

The Gunnedah District Cricket Association two day season starts on Saturday and Albion captain Andy Mack has highlighted one up-and-comer he expects to take a shining to the longer format.

Young leg spinner Will Maggs – who picked up the most wickets in second grade last year with 35 scalps – made the move into the first grade side this season and Mack believed the two day format would bring out the best in the bowler.

“A young leg spinner, Will Maggs, he’s one guy who should go well,” Mack said.

“Players are more patient [in two-dayers] and he’ll be able to develop into a spell. He’ll be one of the kids that can benefit from the two-day game.”

Albion will start its two day campaign against Mornington on Saturday. 

It’s the part of the season Mack’s been waiting for.

He said the two day title is “the main one to strive towards” but the top reason he likes the format is what it teaches the up-and-comers.

“I personally prefer it. It teaches kids moving ahead in their careers the amount of effort it takes to apply yourself at the crease and the time it takes to work over a batsmen,” Mack said.

Mornington and Albion will meet for the second time this season on Saturday.

Albion easily accounted for Mornington in round one but Mack expected a new-look side on the weekend.

“They had four or five missing when we played them which you do expect with school holidays going on then and no one’s a walkover at the end of the day,” Mack said.

Mornington and Albion will go head-to-head at Kitchener Park from 1pm.