NEWLY-appointed CYMS skipper Hugh Le Lievre and Cavaliers quick Liam Gough will spearhead Western Zone’s assault on a strong Hawkesbury outfit at Dubbo’s Victoria Park No.2 this Saturday.
The two teams will square-off in the season’s first trial match, with 2013-14 shaping up as a “huge” year for the reigning country champions.
Western Zone will take on North Sydney in November at the Sydney Cricket Ground and the weekend’s trial match against Hawkesbury will provide a number of new faces with the opportunity to impress.
Manager Dave Redden believes with the likes of Greg Buckley back in England, Declan Hoare in Sydney, Pat Rosser recovering from a premiership-winning Group 11 campaign with Parkes Spacemen and Jameel Qureshi tied up with family commitments, the opportunity to see some new faces in action was exciting.
“Certainly there’s some players that aren’t available,” Redden said.
“But these (guys named) are some of the best guys in the zone. We’ve got a team together and we’re very interested in seeing how they go.
“It’s an important trial. They won’t get a better opposition, but it’s not the be all and end all.”
Gough was a key figure in Western Zone’s win last year, leading all wicket-takers at the country championship.
It’ll be Le Lievre’s first taste of Western Zone cricket.
Redden said there was certainly an opportunity for those that play well to put their hands up for Western Zone’s clash with North Sydney at the SCG, a ground dubbed the “Holy Grail of NSW sport” by Reddan.
“It’s a massive year given the SCG game in November,” Redden fired.
The vastly experienced Tim Cox will lead the side in the 50-over trial match.
As well as serving as great preparation for the SCG game, the trial will prove decisive leading into Western hosting the Southern NSW pool carnival in Orange from November 15-17.
WESTERN ZONE: Michael Waldren (Bathurst), Anthony Heraghty (Parkes), Jordan Moran (Dubbo), Max Hope (Bathurst), Josh Toole (Bathurst), James O’Brien (Mudgee), Joe Kershaw (Greenethorpe), Jason Ryan (Dubbo), Hugh Le Lievre (Orange), Wade Potter (Cobar), Tim Cox (Dubbo, c), Ben Patterson (Dubbo), Liam Gough (Orange)