TEENAGER Todd Murphy has been fast-tracked into the Orange representative side.
The 16-year-old made his first grade debut for Orange CYMS last week against Orange City.
The paceman took 3-22 from his seven overs and two days later was selected in the Orange open side.
“I didn’t even think of it,” Murphy said of the possibility he would earn a place in the senior representative team.
In fact, Murphy already had representative commitments.
He was named in the Orange under 16 side to play its opening Mitchell Cricket Council match against Blue Mountains tomorrow. Instead, he’ll make his senior representative debut tomorrow when Orange takes on Parkes in the opening Western Zone Premier League match.
He is no stranger to representative cricket having played in Orange’s under 12, under 14 and under 16 sides.
Tomorrow’s game will be a step up for the teenager who was a standout in last season’s Centenary Cup competition.
He’s already enjoyed his first game in Orange’s top grade, helping CYMS to a one-wicket win over Orange City.
“It was really good. I was really happy with my performance,” Murphy said.
“The standard is much higher [in first grade]. I was really nervous before the game. Once I took my first wicket I felt good.”
“I took the captain - Matt Findlay.”
That’s why Findlay, the Orange captain, knows Murphy will be competitive tomorrow.
“I faced Todd and he got me,” Findlay conceded.
“If he doesn’t get nervous, he’ll do well. He’s got a bit of pace which could be unexpected.”
Findlay said it will be a tough game to start the representative season.
“I know Parkes are a little bit short but they’ve still got both Rossers [Pat and Cameron], Anthony Heraghty and Phil Dunford. They’ve got one of the most experienced sides going around,” the captain said.
“I don’t want to sound negative, but everything needs to go our way on Sunday.”
He said the key will be performing with the bat.
“When we do bat, we’re all going to have to perform and score a lot of runs,” Findlay said.
“If we can get 250-plus, we’re in with a real shout.”
Some changes had to be made to the Orange side named on Monday, with Liam Gough and Hugh Le Lievre both unavailable.
Andrew Borschtsch has been called into the side and Orange will not have a 12th man.
ORANGE: Matt Findlay (c), Adam Shepherd, Charles Litchfield, James Conn, James Ryan, Lincoln Duncan, Jackson Coote, Jake Pauletto, Ed Morrish, Todd Murphy, Andrew Borschtsch.