ORANGE CYMS skipper Hugh Le Lievre says it’s an honour to be asked to play for Western Zone today against Hawkesbury.
New to the region having moved to Orange last summer, the 25-year-old all-rounder is one of a number of new faces selected to trial with the reigning NSW Country Champions at Dubbo’s Victoria Park.
Bathurst trio Michael Waldren, Max Hope and Josh Toole, Cobar’s Wade Potter and young Dubbo quick Ben Patterson are the other new faces selected, highlighting the significant depth in the region.
Having made more of an impact with the ball than the bat in his two Orange District Cricket Association first grade appearances towards the end of 2012-13, Le Lievre will no doubt make an impact when thrown the ball by skipper Tim Cox.
But the zone’s newest all-rounder insists he isn’t going into today’s trial with any pre-conceived notions.
“I don’t have a lot of expectations,” he said of his Western Zone debut.
“I got a bit of a thrill out of being asked to participate. You always want to test yourself against good players and the players in the Western region are strong, it’s an honour to be asked to be part of the team.”
Le Lievre took figures of 4-6 from six overs against Kinross last season.
With the willow, Le Lievre hit 22 in the Royal Hotel Cup while also smashing 70 in his debut with CYMS in second grade.
Previously a member of the University of New South Wales’ first grade squad alongside Cox, Le Lievre was looking forward to testing himself against a tough Hawkesbury opponent on the representative circuit.
Whether that trend continues with Orange in the SCG Cup and Western Premier League is up to the ODCA selectors.
“That’s not really something I’ve thought about,” Le Lievre responded when asked if he’d play for Orange in 2013-14.
“If the opportunity came along I’d love to participate but until I get approached or I’m selected then I won’t really think about it.”
Western Zone tackles Hawkesbury in a 50-over contest at Dubbo’s Victoria Park today.
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)