Cool heads on young shoulders

AMID superheroes, sailors and camouflaged military men, Orange middle-order batsman Mick Hannelly said his team’s ability to stay calm under pressure puts them in good stead ahead of tomorrow’s Mitchell Cricket Council under 16  grand final clash with Bathurst.

Speaking at James Sheahan Catholic High School’s swimming carnival yesterday, Hannelly fired the first barb at his team’s opponents, saying despite Bathurst’s blockbuster line-up they are susceptible to succumbing to consistent pressure.

“They don’t really seem like they know how to work ones and twos if they have to,” Hannelly said.

“They’ve got some great batsman, but they tend to need to hit boundaries to stay in the game. If we put pressure on, and work in partnerships we should be able to stop that.”

Working in partnerships shouldn’t be tough for Orange, considering eight of their best have played and trained together for years.

Hannelly, Cam Thomas, Mitch Winslade, Sam Cooper, Matt Van Schaik and Todd Murphy have all played representative cricket together before.

Under 14 ring-ins Tom Belmonte and Ethan Kennedy have also spent plenty of time together on the pitch and all eight wear the green and gold of CYMS on Saturdays.

“We know each other pretty well,” Hannelly said.

“It definitely helps. We haven’t put it all together yet, if we perform to our best we should do it easy.”

The two teams have met twice this year, for one win apiece. Orange won by 52 runs before Bathurst won the major semi-final by 13 runs.

Orange’s under 14 squad also takes on Bathurst, in Bathurst tomorrow.

Both teams are one win apiece in the lower age group as well - a 13 run win to Bathurst and a five wicket win to Orange - creating two blockbuster grand finals tomorrow.

The under 16s tackle Bathurst at the Sportsground, while the 14s play at Morse Park (1). Both games kick off at 10am.

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