Dubbo's youthful line-up to face unknown Gilgandra

DUBBO'S Brewery Shield side will travel into unknown waters on Sunday when they travel to Gilgandra for a Brewery Shield clash.

Little is known about their opponents, nor what kind of wicket will be served up by their northern rivals, with skipper Nathan Munro admitting he will be flying blind on the day.

Dubbo faced a similar situation earlier in the season when they travelled to Nyngan, eventually losing by one run but rectified things with a big win over Wellington at home in their most recent match.

Once again Munro and team manager Mick Davis have gone with a youthful line-up in an attempt to foster the next generation of senior representative players.

"All the blokes in this side are young guys that have been playing well for their respective clubs and we're trying to help them transition from that level into senior rep cricket," Munro said.

"They've pretty much been handpicked by me, with Mick Davis having a say as well, and we think they are the guys that are the next crop of blokes that can go into the top Dubbo side and do well.

"We saw with the game against Nyngan that even though these boys have played a bit of first grade cricket in Dubbo, there are still areas they need to learn.

"That day it was how to play on a wicket with a bit of grass on top and a bit of seam. We don't really get that here in Dubbo so they learned a fair bit that day.

"Even though I don't like losing, it was good that the boys got the chance to experience that and they will be better for it."

Munro's only recent exposure to Gilgandra cricket came last Friday night when Jon Kilby played with the Dubbo City Toyota Meerkats in the McDonald's Megahit. Kilby looked a likely prospect before twisting his knee while batting but Munro said he isn't sure whether the big quick will line up on Sunday.

"I'd say it's unlikely but I don't really know," Munro said.

"We don't know much about Gil at all, which is good and bad in a way. It will give the boys another chance to learn but at the same time we don't know anything about them so we don't know what to expect.

"We pretty much need to win every game from now on if we are going to win the competition so we will just have to adapt to whatever they have pretty quickly."

o DUBBO SQUAD

Nathan Munro (c), Nathan Jones, Aidan Bennewith, Mat Skinner, Danial French, Jacob Bruce, Jacob Hill, Ross Horrocks, Dan Horrocks, Harry Kempston, Zac Murphy, Jakke Gardiner.

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