ORANGE’S Charles Litchfield and Daniel Donato have more to play for than just the NSW Country under 17s title from today.
There are places in the NSW Country under 17s representative team up for grabs.
Litchfield and Donato are part of the Western Zone side that will begin its Country campaign today in Raymond Terrace.
Western takes on North Coastal today, Newcastle tomorrow and Central North on Sunday.
Western co-coach Jordan Moran expects his side will be competitive.
“It is a strong side,” Moran said. “They’ve been in training since the end of June. They’ve had about 10 sessions including a trip to Sydney where they played two games and won both.” Moran said there was strength right across the Western line up.
“We’ve got two really good left-arm quicks [Jacob McNaught from Cowra and Callen Taylor from West Wyalong]. They will boost our bowling stocks,” Moran explained.
“Then we’ve got some calm heads in our batting line-up, like Charles Litchfield and Jeremy Judge.”
The co-coach said teams would be looking at posting totals of 230 and over to ensure they were competitive.
Western proved competitive at the 2012 championships by winning two of their three games.
Moran said he hoped they could match that performance this year.
“If we can match that, it will be a big achievement for us, especially when we play teams like Newcastle who have been training twice a week for a while now,” Moran said.
Kinross Wolaroi School boarder Toby Polkinghorne is also competing in the championships as part of the Riverina side.
WESTERN: Charles Litchfield (Orange), Henry Hunt (Grenfell), Jeremy Judge (Bathurst), Vince Umbers (Parkes), Kyle Aubin (Bathurst), Daniel Donato (Orange), James Ford (Mudgee), Callen Taylor (West Wyalong), Jacob McNaught (Cowra), William Wolter (Dubbo), Nick Chapman (Mudgee), Tom Galvin (Bathurst), Brad Glasson (Bathurst). Coaches: Jordan Moran (Dubbo) and Greg Griffith (Bathurst).