Diggers prepare to take on Hanwood in GDCA first grade

ON THE SPOT: Craig Lugton has made a good start to the season with the ball for Diggers. PHOTO: Anthony Stipo
ON THE SPOT: Craig Lugton has made a good start to the season with the ball for Diggers. PHOTO: Anthony Stipo

The Diggers have been the surprise team to start the season finding themselves fighting for a top position in first grade heading into the first round of timed matches this weekend.

Hanwood's Luke Shannon

Hanwood's Luke Shannon

The return of Theo Valeri to Griffith has brought about a change with the young all-rounder making an impact with both bat and ball.

Valeri has taken seven wickets so far this season to be sitting joint-first while picking up his best figures against Leagues with 6/22.

The Diggers skipper has also stood up with the bat when called upon scoring 123 runs in three games with a highest score of 59 in their crucial game against fellow top side Leagues.

Hanwood is on the other end of the scale as they are still searching for their first win of the season after five games.

It is a familiar tale for Hanwood who made a slow start last season before picking up two wins in a row.