LACHLAN will go into tomorrow’s first round of Western Zone inter-council open trials at Wade Park as firm favourites but the underdogs tag isn’t one that fazes newly appointed Mitchell vice-captain Lincoln Duncan.
If anything, being written off by most cricketing pundits in the region has been a blessing in disguise.
“It does (suit us) a bit,” Duncan said when asked how his side will respond to being the underdogs.
“We’ve got nothing to lose. We’ll go out there and give it everything. The blokes they’ve got, the top five or six batters, they’re pretty class.
“We saw enough of them last week.”
Lachlan is made up heavily by the Parkes side that hit 5-380 off 50 overs against Orange in the first round of the Western Zone Premier League last weekend.
Duncan was quick to add Orange botched a number of chances to nab Parkes’ two premier destroyers, Pat Rosser (80) and Anthony Heraghty (178), and Mitchell simply can’t afford to let that happen at any stage tomorrow.
Duncan is confident it won’t.
“You can’t (give them chances), but hopefully we go in and give it a good go,” he said, with Lachlan also boasting Cowra young-gun Joe Kershaw.
The 25-year-old Orange City wicketkeeper-batsman is one of five Warriors picked in the Mitchell line-up.
A largely different side to the one that defeated both Macquarie and Lachlan in last year’s inter-council open trials, the Bathurst and Orange dominated Mitchell side will this year be led by Bathurst’s Daniel Casey.
Duncan top scored with 40 for Orange in his first bat for the year last Sunday and was hopeful of getting more time at the crease against Lachlan.
“There was a few lucky shots here and there that just creeped over the in-field, but first game, I was a bit scratchy, it wasn’t too bad to get a few runs,” he said.
“Hopefully I’ll get a few more on the weekend.
“Obviously it’s a different team to last year with a few young blokes. I don’t know many of the Bathurst boys, Tooley (Bathurst’s Josh Toole) will play a big role with the batting. It’s just good to play at the next step up.”
Duncan believes the job of taking the gloves will be made easier by having City bowlers Ed Morrish, Jackson Coote and James Conn in the side.
Matt Findlay is Orange’s other representative.
“I’ll help with talk to the boys, with Coota, Ed Morrish and Conny bowling it helps keeping to them every week. It makes the job easier going through each level of rep,” he said.
“I’ll help Case out with setting the fields.”
Mitchell host Lachlan in a 50-over game tomorrow at Wade Park.
n MITCHELL: Daniel Casey (c, Bathurst), Lincoln Duncan (vc, Orange), Chris Boothroyd (Blue Mountains), James Conn (Orange), Jackson Coote (Orange), Joey Coughlan (Bathurst), Matt Fearnley (Bathurst), Matt Findlay (Orange), John Forde (Blue Mountains), Ed Morrish (Orange), Henry Shoemark (Bathurst), Josh Toole (Bathurst).