Youngters pad up for a tour of New Zealand

THE Orange under 16 representative side yesterday left for the south island of New Zealand to take part in four tour games to further enhance the development of the city’s generation next.

The team of Sam Cooper, Peter Crisp, Daniel Donato, James Donato, Angus Gilmore, Charles Litchfield, Sam Nicholls, Braden Riles, Will Olson, Tom Rogers, Chris Warren, Cameron Williams and Rowan Wilson will make the trip across the Tasman for the 11-day tour.

Led by coach Andrew Litchfield and manager Phil Donato, the under 16 side will fly into Queenstown before travelling to Wanaka, Alexandria and Dunedin.

The first game is arguably the toughest, with Orange set to take on Otago Country under 17s in a two-day fixture before playing Otago Country under 16s in a 50-over match and then two games against Otago Country under 15s, the first a 50-over match and then a Twenty20.

The team will arrive back in Sydney on Friday, January 25.

Litchfield, along with the help of Donato and assistance from six other touring parents, said the aim of the tour was for the team to enjoy themselves playing cricket in another country.

“And realise that playing cricket can be a great way to travel and see other parts of the world,” he added.

“We’ve also organised some group activities on days off in Queenstown and Wanaka which the boys and parents will enjoy.”

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