Plenty Valley player among recruit hopefuls

Liam Mallia (Supplied)

A Plenty Valley cricketer is among those contending for the title of the Renegades Recruit.

Twelve cricketers from across Victoria will participate in the television show, with the winner to be invited to link up with the Renegades Academy squad, which will play matches in the lead up to the BBL season.

The winner will also receive prizes for themselves and their cricket club.

St Albans’ Arosh Janoda and Druids’ Nathan Johnson are among the 12 cricketers who will be whittled down to three players, before a public vote decides the winner. Johnson is the second Druids player to be part of the show, with captain-coach Michael Hay part of it last season.

Plenty Valley’s Liam Mallia is also part of the squad.

Head coach Simon Helmot said it was a good opportunity to give local cricketers a chance to build on their careers. season and to really build on the success of last year,” he said.

“It was great spending a day with this group of players and to learn a bit about their cricket and life journeys.

“There’s no doubt we had some high-quality community cricketers involved, from various metropolitan and regional competitions. We had a couple of fast bowlers pushing the 130/kmph mark and a handful of guys who showed they could hit some big sixes.

“We had to make some really tough selection decisions – going from the starting 12, to the top six and then the final three.”