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After learning a hard lesson against competition leaders Easts in their last outing, Guyra’s first grade team couldn’t bounce back at the end of 2018 with their round seven clash against Hillgrove washed out. 

The side are aiming to start the new year on the front foot as they prepare to take on a hot-and-cold Ex-Services team at Bellevue this Saturday. 

Guyra’s senior cricket coordinator Adrian Cameron said the side are eager to begin the second-half of the season and are hoping to return to form. 

“Everyone is pretty keen for this weekend and looking forward to getting back into it and try and get things happening again,” he said. 

“They haven't played since they got a bit of a dusting off Easts so a lot of the boys are pretty keen to bounce back from that, we had that washout against Hillgrove.”

Guyra welcome back Shane Wolfenden after he suffered a knee injury in November. 

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“It is looking pretty good. I think everyone is back, Wolfy is back this week so that will be good,” Cameron said. 

“Bubby [Jason Campbell] is away this week so Wolfy will come in there.

“He did hurt his knee pretty bad but I am not sure where he will bat, whether he will open or come down the order a bit.

“Woodsy [Mitch Woods] is back this week, Tyse [Tyson Burey] is right, Jake Ellis is there and Charlie White is there so we should be good.

Shaky starts with the bat have been a thorn in the side of the Guyra team and Cameron said they will need to start consolidating more earlier in the innings. 

“We just need them to set a bit of a foundation, that is what we need this week,” he said. 

“It takes a bit of pressure off the next few.”

In second grade, the fourth-placed Guyra team take on fifth-placed Easts at Harris Park. 

In third grade, the third round of the Twenty20 competition will resume. 

The junior competition doesn’t resume until February 2.

Guyra missed out on a win against Hillgrove in the first round and take on City at home this Saturday.