The scalp of Parkes gun Anthony Heraghty will be key if Dubbo hope to return to their winning ways in Sunday’s third round of the Western Zone Premier League at No.1 Oval.
Heraghty has terrorised attacks across Western Zone for years and will be the biggest threat in the former Lachlan Valley heavyweights’ line up, as Dubbo looks to bounce back from a loss to Orange.
Dubbo fell cheaply against Orange – scoring just 106 in reply to the visitor’s 9-208 – the batting collapse disappointing after they defeated Bathurst by four wickets in round one’s grand final rematch.
Captain Mat Skinner has given the side a shake-up ahead of Sunday’s clash, and hopes some of the fresh faces can step up to the plate.
“We had a pretty off game last game … [we would have won] if the batters had knuckled down,” he said.
“Last game we bowled a few extras as well so minimising that as well (is crucial).”
Openers Wayne Dunlop (1) and Marty Jeffrey (4) failed to fire, but Jeffrey will miss Sunday’s clash as he represents ACT/NSW Country at the Cricket Australian Under-19 National Championship at Adelaide.
But Skinner is keeping the faith. Dunlop will open again, and Western Zone colts skipper Corey McDean will move up the order to partner him despite getting out for a duck last round.
Making their premier league debuts are Brewery Shield skipper Angus Norton and Rugby opener Ben Wheeler.
Charlie Kempston will play his first game this year while players like Lee Price are still fresh, having only debuted this season.
“There’s a lot of guys that will get an opportunity to play Premier League, so hopefully they’ll knuckle down and want to stay there,” he said.
“Tom Atlee with the new ball, hopefully he can get us a few with the new rock.
“It’s a good opportunity for players to score some runs and get some wickets when they get a chance.”
Play starts at 10am.
- DUBBO: Wayne Dunlop, Corey McDean, Angus Norton, Charlie Kempston, Ben Wheeler, Tom Nelson, Steve Skinner, Stuart Naden, Mat Skinner ©, Tom Atlee, Bailey Edmunds, Lee Price