WITH two half-centuries to his name already this season, Michael Campbell is a logical inclusion in CYMS’ side to play Molong on the Royal Hotel Cup tonight.
Campbell is no stranger to the top level but is a regular in second grade this season.
He has already scored 56 for CYMS in their round two second grade match.
He backed this up a week later with 55 in first grade against Centrals.
The right-handed batsman is looking forward to testing his skills in the Twenty20 arena.
“It suits my game,” Campbell said.
The CYMS team will feature a few different names as they look for the right Twenty20 combination.
Captain Trent Colley is unavailable as he nurses a hamstring strain but he said the side wouldn’t treat tonight’s game as a social outing.
“I’ll still be at the game and have a chat to the boys about some of the targets we need to set. It’s not all slog and hit and giggle,” Colley said.
“We’ve picked some guys who are more suited to Twenty20. So guys’ roles will change from what they normally play on Saturdays.
“So, the goals are to, one, adapt to the game and, two, see how the guys go in their specific positions and reflect on that.”
Another new face in the CYMS side is Jack Sharpe, who will be making his first grade debut.
The young wicketkeeper-batsman scored an unbeaten 122 in CYMS’ second grade win over Centrals in round three.
Dave Neil will skipper the side and is likely to open the batting with the big-hitting Luke Clarke.
“This will be a chance for them to see if they can bat the 20 overs,” Colley said.
CYMS will be up against the unknown tonight in Molong.
Campbell knows Molong shouldn’t be taken lightly.
“We don’t know who they’ve got,” Campbell said.
“They’ve got some decent cricketers out there so they could have a good side.”
Molong cricket president and player Trent Frazer said his team is looking forward to playing at Wade Park.
“We jumped at the chance to play,” Frazer said.
“We’ve got a good mix of young guys and some older blokes.
“We’re just happy to have a run and have a crack at the Orange guys because we read about them in the paper each week and a lot of our guys look up to them.”
Frazer added while the side is treating the Royal Hotel Cup as an opportunity to play at Wade Park under lights, they also hope to be competitive.
“If we’re on on the day, we’ll go all right,” he said.
Tonight’s match at Wade Park will start at 6pm.
n CYMS: Dave Neil (c), Luke Clarke, Josh Sands, Nick Wright, Dean Turner, Michael Campbell, Jack Sharpe, Hamish Finlayson, Nick Roweth, Sam Dwyer, Al Dhatt, Nadeen Ashraf.