PARKES will need to be right on their game when they meet Orange in their 2013-14 Western Zone Premier League opener at Woodward Oval tomorrow.
As two-time defending premiers, Parkes will be hoping to start with a win in their opening fixture of the summer.
It will not be an easy goal to achieve as Orange has named a strong side.
Both sides’ scheduled first-round matches were postponed at the request of their opposition.
Orange was drawn to play Cowra last week while Parkes were to meet Blue Mountains.
Parkes run machine Anthony Heraghty was at his explosive best last Saturday when he smashed a quick-fire 50.
The onus will again fall to him, Scott Knights, Peter Yelland and the Rosser brothers - Cameron and Pat - to score the bulk of Parkes’ runs.
Shane Hodges will be hoping for a good match to try and lock down a position in the batting line-up.
Scott Knights was unlucky not to be selected for Western Zone last season. He will hope to put pressure on the selectors with some good early-season form for Parkes.
Western Zone representative Phil Dunford leads a bowling attack that will be missing the Smith twins - Myles and Blake.
The Smiths will be flying to New Zealand when the match starts, playing in a golf tournament.
Rising star Toby Nash, who plays locally for the Coachman Demons, will make his district debut.
Nash bowls left-arm medium pace and is a handy lower order batsman.
Captain Cameron Rosser believes if his side can do the basics well they will be tough to beat tomorrow.
“We have a lot of natural talent within the side,” Rosser said.
“We will focus on doing the basics well, show intensity in the field and bowl to set plans.
“All of the batsmen spent some time in the middle in local matches last week and appear to be in pretty good nick.
“Hopefully that will be enough to get a win under the belt,” he said.