Orange selectors have turned to youth in a bid to topple traditional rivals Bathurst in Saturday's Western Zone Premier League opener at Wade Park, naming a handful of teenage tweakers to try and put the Barracudas in a spin.
With just four caps under his belt Centrals' Ed Dodds is the most experienced of them while Cavaliers young off-spinner Hugh Middleton and Kinross tweaker George Cumming will make their debuts, as will Orange City's teenage run-scoring sensation Blake Weymouth.
None are strangers to the representative scene and they'll played for the Bluebaggers' colts outfit despite being well below that age group, and Cumming in particular made his NSW-ACT Country debut just last summer.
He was superb at that Cricket Australia Under-15 National Championship too, picking up nine wickets at a miserly average of just 13.7, but he admitted he still wasn't expecting the call-up for Orange, and was told by his brother Angus last week.
"I'l just try and stick to the basics, I haven't really been told what my role is but I won't be changing it up each ball," the 15-year-old said, admitting he is feeling 'kind of nervous'.
Cumming said he's not sure if he'll have the chance to wield the willow against the Barracudas or not.
(It's) always good to get over Bathurst, it's like that in the juniors and it carries over to the seniors too.Orange spinner George Cumming
With bats like vice-captain Matt Corben, Orange City veteran Shaun Grenfell and CYMS' newly-appointed skipper Hugh Le Lievre in the side, you can bank on Morrish hoping the youngster doesn't have to.
The Bluebaggers' rivalry with Bathurst is no secret and that extends all the way down the ranks too, as such Cumming said it's added incentive to kick-start his Western Zone Premier League career with a strong performance.
"(It's) always good to get over Bathurst, it's like that in the juniors and it carries over to the seniors too," he said.
With three potential front-line spinners in the side quicks Morrish, Orange City's Brett Causer and Centrals' Fletcher Rose will shoulder the load with the new ball, although Grenfell and Le Lievre both provide more-than-handy, all-round seam options too.
Although the Bluebaggers did knock the Barracudas off in the Mitchell Cricket Council Twenty20 Cup last summer it's been some time since they've beaten their traditional rivals in the longer format.
More than two years in fact. The Bluebaggers last tasted success with a thrilling, one-wicket victory in early 2017 at the Bathurst Sportsground, their last win before that was way back in 2013-14.
Orange face the Barracudas at Wade Park on Saturday, with the first ball to be bowled at 10am.
- ORANGE: Ed Morrish (c), Matt Corben, Blake Weymouth, Bailey Ferguson, Shaun Grenfell, Tom Belmonte, Hugh Le Lievre, Hugh Middleton, Fletcher Rose, Brett Causer, George Cumming, Ed Dodds.
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