After sitting through a wash out at last year’s Plan B Regional Bash Twenty20 tournament, Daryl Kennewell thought his time in the Central West Wranglers’ side had come and and gone, washed away like the pitch.
Kennewell wasn’t expecting to be named in this year’s side at all, but two weeks away from round one he’s channelling his inner Tim Paine to captain the first game from – in his view, anyway – the fringe of selection.
With skipper Jameel Qureshi missing the first of the Wranglers’ three games over the two-day tournament in Bathurst on October 20-21, Kennewell said he had been dropped into the role “by default, I guess”.
While his Orange club Centrals haven’t enjoyed a huge amount of success recently, Kennwell has had a huge impact on the culture of the club, and has also led the Bluebaggers – the Orange representative side – in recent years.
But captaincy of the Regional Bash side wasn’t on his radar.
“I haven’t been aiming for it at all, pretty excited to play in it last year and it was washed out, a year older I was surprised I was going to be picked let alone be named vice captain or co-captain,” he said.
“You look and there’s a lot of good players in that list, I’m surprised mine is in there at all.”
Kennewell joins fellow Orange players Matt Corben, Josh Doherty and Jackson Coote in the squad, but beyond that will be relying on teammates, Qureshi and coaches to help guide his decisions.
“There’ll be input from other players, I’m not alone in doing it and Jameel will be there a few days before and will give me a run through, and we’ll have a spreadsheet and know what we’re doing,” he said.
“I’ve just got to do my research and figure out who’ll go where. It’s only a Twenty20 so I won’t get too technical.”
That said, Kennewell said he would be more than happy to hand the title back to Qureshi, who will be captain when he returns on the second day for games two and three.
- CENTRAL WEST WRANGLERS: Nick Broes, Ben Mitchell, Ben Parsons, Connor Slattery, Tanvir Singh, Adam Ryan, Jameel Qureshi, Daryl Kennewell, Henry Shoemark, Matt Corben, Matt Stephen, Jacob McNaught, Joel Gurney, Ben Sheehan, Jackson Coote, Josh Doherty.
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