ORANGE City quick Ed Morrish is determined to repay the faith.
The 21-year-old was the bolter in this year’s Mitchell Cricket Council opens outfit picked for the opening inter-council trial match against Lachlan last weekend at Wade Park, won easily in the end by the visitors to the tune of 88 runs.
Morrish bowled just four overs late in Lachlan’s innings of all-out-for 185, claiming 0-24.
They’re unflattering figures.
But the burly quick, a revelation of sorts with the Warriors in 2012-13 after making the mid-season switch from second grade with CYMS, is determined to be a force to be reckoned with against Macquarie today.
“If I get more of a bowl then I want to bowl well. I want to bowl well and show them it was worth picking me,” Morrish said ahead of Mitchell’s final inter-council trial against Macquarie.
To be fair to Morrish, by the time he was handed the ball most of the heavy lifting had already been done.
Blue Mountains quick Chris Boothroyd tore through Lachlan’s top order to snag 3-28, while Bathurst’s Matt Fearnley may have played his way into the Western Zone side with impressive figures of 5-39.
Still, Morrish said he’d taken plenty out of his first taste of Mitchell cricket.
“It was tough. It’s a big step up,” the left-armer said.
“You play against all of these guys in the Western Zone Premier League, but then to have them all in the one side, all of the best players from Cowra, Parkes, Forbes, it’s pretty tough.”
A task made tougher by the absence of a few big game players.
Cavaliers spearhead Liam Gough has been forced to withdraw after suffering a side strain at training on Thursday night.
His place in the Mitchell XI has been taken by Bathurst’s Adam Ryan.
Morrish’s City teammates James Conn and Jackson Coote are also absent from today’s game with injury.
A premiership winner in both the Royal Hotel Cup and Orange District Cricket Association first grade competitions in 2012-13 with the Warriors, Morrish admits he never thought he’d get a crack at representing Mitchell this summer.
Capping a meteoric rise, Morrish only made his debut for Orange’s open side in the first WZPL clash of the season against Parkes at the end of October.
“I just wanted to play well for City and hopefully get a crack at the opens side. I only played 21s last year but to now come this far, it’s nice to be picked in these sides,” he said.
Mitchell tackles Macquarie today at Wade Park.
In a representative cricket double-header, Macquarie will back-up tomorrow to face Lachlan at Wade Park.
Both games begin at 10am.