It’ll be interesting.
That’s the prediction Orange City stand-in skipper Ed Morrish and Cavaliers quick Harry Pearce gave ahead of their sides’ Orange District Cricket Association clash this weekend, based on what their respective line-ups look like heading in.
The Warriors have been hit with a raft of unavailability for this Saturday’s match-up, while the maroons will field one of their youngest sides in recent memory.
Orange City is missing five of its regular top graders in Ben Findlay, Dave Boundy, Jock Cartwright, Brad Johnson and regular skipper Craig Rogan, and Cavaliers will turn out six – count ‘em, six – teenagers on Saturday.
Pearce, Kaleb Cook, Hugh Middleton, Bailey Ferguson, Hudson Izzard and Alex Wiegold make up Cavaliers’ youthful brigade, the side’s average age boosted only by veterans Scott Kennedy and Brad Wright.
The maroons are also without danger man Josh Doherty, who’s averaging 52 so far this summer.
“We’ve been hit pretty hard, selectors had a tough job this week,” Morrish said.
“But the guys coming in, like Shaun Churchill and Darren Barrett, they’ve all played plenty in first grade and know how to handle themselves so I’m sure we’ll be fine.
“Cavaliers have been pushing their juniors through the last few years and they’ve all got plenty of talent and obviously Wrighty, Scotty and Matty Corben have plenty of experience, so it’ll still be tough.
“It will be interesting to see how it plays out though, I’d say Cavaliers are looking for some consistency the same way we are.”
The guys coming in have played plenty in first grade and know how to handle themselves.Orange City stand-in skipper Ed Morrish
“Interesting’s a good way to put it, we have a very young side,” Pearce, only in year 12 himself, said.
“We’re missing Josh, who’s been in good form, so we’ll have to step up.”
The Warriors are searching for a third straight victory to start their season, while Cavaliers were beaten last weekend.
Saturday’s round four clash kicks off at 1pm, at Wade Park.