Hargreaves returns for hit and run Elders Cup mission

Family were able to register their first win of the 2021/22 Elders Cup season on Saturday, and it was largely due to the return of Gundagai product, Noah Hargreaves, who took four wickets and scored 25 runs in the important four-wicket victory over Lotts. 

Hargreaves, who attends Bond University in Queensland, is back home visiting family over the holidays, and in a big boost for Family, he is set to make two more cameo appearances. 

The 20-year-old, who now plays rugby and cricket for Broadbeach in the Gold Coast competition, will play on both Friday and Saturday, and he admitted that it was his uncle, Craig Hargreaves, who twisted his arm and got him playing.

“I got hassled by my uncle Craig. He said while your home, have a game,” Hargreaves laughed. 

“I had to use all of Craig’s gear, and I didn’t have whites and was playing in shorts.”

While he hasn’t played cricket for some time, the talented allrounder didn’t have any trouble with the bat or ball.

“The last time I played would have been at the end of last season when playing for Broadbeach,” Hargreaves said.

“It felt good being out there and I had some fun.”

Hargreaves believes it was the first time he had tasted success against rivals, Lotts, and he said Family’s moral picked up quickly after the victory.

“It was actually one of the first times I’ve won with Family, and I can’t remember winning many games or ever beating Lotts,” Hargreaves said. 

“It was good for the team. They were talking after Saturday, and everyone seems to be feeling better about themselves.”

Unfortunately for Family, Hargreaves will jet back to the Gold Coast on Monday, and while he wouldn’t play for Family again this season after Saturday, he said the new Hogan Cup concept was a winner in his eyes.

“I think it is good; they will get more players back, which is important because they are trying to rebuild and get numbers,” Hargreaves said. 

“Last week was good, and this week will be better, and it should keep getting better every week.”

Family will be hoping to score their second-consecutive victory over Lotts in as many weeks on Friday before a bigger test on Saturday when hosting Coolac at Stan Crowe Oval in what is round 10 of the Elders Cup competition.

In other Elders Cup matches, Lotts are on the road when taking on Adelong at Adelong Showground, Junee visit Golfie Lippers at The Bull Paddock and Tumut Plains host Wyangle at Tumut Plains Cricket Ground.

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