All-rounder Luke Boncompagni, 20, is one of the older heads in a youthful Wests side. Picture: GREG TOTMANWests Illawarra’s youthful bowling attack could have them on the brink of a golden era, says captain Nathan Dodd.The Devils find themselves in equal second after three rounds and get the chance to continue their strong start when they clash with Port Kembla at King George Oval today.Wests will go into day one of the game with one of the youngest attacks in the competition – but one laden with potential.All-rounder Luke Boncompagni is the elder statesman at 20. He is joined by quicks Shannon Crewdson, 19, Matthew Cram, 19, and left-armer Harrison Yates, 17.Junior representative player Callum Nolan, 16, provides the variety with his left-arm orthodox tweakers.Dodd says the baby bowling brigade has given his team a new lease of life.”It’s a pretty exciting time for the club – we’re not a side that are going to win the competition in the next year or two but I think if we keep this core bowling attack together and also bring a batsman or two along, then I think we’re a team that can win the comp in four or five seasons, which is sort of our ultimate goal,” Dodd said.”That’s going to be the bowling attack for the club for the next five to 10 years. It’s a team that, if they stay together, they will certainly challenge for the title for the next four or five seasons.”The Devils will look to support their inexperienced attack with a batting line-up built around the explosive David Georgio. The No 5 has scored 132 and 52 in his two efforts in grade this year.”He’s obviously the form player of the competition – he looks like his bat is a foot wide at the moment,” Dodd said of Georgio, who has been well supported by Andrew Tougher (88 and 49).In other games, Corrimal and Helensburgh will try to kick-start their seasons when they clash at Ziems Park, Keira travel to Judy Masters Oval to face ladder-leading Balgownie, Northern Districts host Dapto and University play Wollongong at North Dalton Park.Ladder after round three: Balgownie 16, Wests 12, Keira 12, Dapto 12, Port Kembla 12, University 10, Wollongong 10, Corrimal 5, Helensburgh 4, Northern Districts 4.Meantime, the draw for the next round of the SCG Country Cup has been announced, to be played tomorrow week. The winners will advance to the round-of-16 to be played in Bathurst and Orange between Christmas and New Year. Games scheduled for November 16: Corrimal vs Wollongong at Ziems Park, Balgownie vs University at Judy Masters Oval, Oak Flats vs Warilla at Geoff Shaw Oval and Albion Park vs Lake Illawarra at Keith Grey Oval.
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