Daya Singh takes the reins as Blacktown Cricket Club's first grade captain

Leading Warrior: New Blacktown first grade captain Daya Singh has taken over from club legend Tony Clark, who has stepped back to captain the second grade side. Picture: Andrew McMurtry

Leading Warrior: New Blacktown first grade captain Daya Singh has taken over from club legend Tony Clark, who has stepped back to captain the second grade side. Picture: Andrew McMurtry

Daya Singh is the new captain of Blacktown’s first grade cricket side in the NSW Premier Cricket competition.

The 23-year-old pace bowler has been a long time player for the side, debuting in the Warriors’ first grade side at 17 in 2011-12.

“I’ve been at this club for a long time so it’s a good experience and I’m looking forward to it,” he said.

“I’ve got all the boys’ support which is good and the club means a fair bit to me; it’s a bit of a bonus as well.”

Singh has tallied 111 first grade games but 183 across the grades with 208 total wickets to his name. He also hit his maiden first grade century last season.

He takes over the role from long-time captain Tony Clark, who stepped back to captain second grade, having played more than 620 games with more than 300 as captain over a career spanning more than 35 years.

“It’s different because Tony brings that experience and he still helps me out here and there and I’m sure he will for the rest of the year,” Singh said.

“It’s a bit of a transition and the boys are excited for a bit of a change.”

The side has gone through a few changes in the off-season but Lancashire import Arron Lilley will return to the club in 2017-18.

An off-spinning all-rounder, Lilley is an aggressive batsman who averaged 37.5 with the bat last season and took eight wickets with the ball.

“You want blokes who play for the team, not for themselves,” Singh said.

“Other than that, it’s good having him here. He does well with the bat, ball and in the field as well and brings a lot of energy to the game.”

Singh is hoping the Warriors will show greater consistency this season and continue to push their way up the ladder.

After a first round loss to Sydney in round one of the NSW Premier Cricket season, Blacktown is away to reigning premiers Sydney University in the season’s first two-day game.

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