Stallions appoint South West star

Colac has signed former Victorian Country Cricket League Team of the Year opening batsman Simon Harkness as its coach for the 2019-20 season.

New Colac cricket coach Simon Harkness says helping build Heytesbury from the ground up has prepared him for taking on the Stallions’ top job.

Colac won the race to secure Harkness, one of rival league South West Cricket Association’s premier batsmen, after he took on a PE teaching role at Elliminyt Primary School.

The 28-year-old has plundered more than 3000 runs for Heytesbury, with a breakout season two summers ago earning him a position as an opening batsman in the Victorian Country Cricket League’s Team of the Year.

Harkness said he was excited to work alongside Colac’s exciting young talent in his role as senior coach in a bid to return the club to finals for the first time since 2015.

The Stallions boast the likes of Henry Melville and Austin Harwood, who helped the Barwon Rockets reach the state under-14 final last season and were exposed to top-grade cricket in the Colac district ranks.

Harkness will also be a key inclusion, with the top-order batsman a prolific century-maker in the south-west league, with four of his seven tons at Heytesbury coming in the past two seasons.

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