THE wider Western Zone cricket community will venture to Dubbo’s No.1 Oval on Sunday for the opening round of this summer’s Plan B Regional Bash confident of an Orana victory.
But Central West Wranglers captain Jameel Qureshi says his side is more than capable of springing an upset over their Orana opponents, a team drawing from the dominant Lachlan and Macquarie regions of the zone.
“It really only takes two guys to have a day out with the bat or the ball and things swing your way,” Qureshi said.
Qureshi starred in last season’s Twenty20 competition at Orange and he be the key for the Wranglers at the top of the order on Sunday.
He top scored last season as the Wranglers failed to chase Orana’s 8-136 at Wade Park.
The gun bat will be joined by host of his Bathurst rep teammates, while the addition of Cavaliers’ skipper Richie Venner in the side is a bonus.
“Joey Coughlan has a ton against Dubbo, Henry Shoemark a hundred against Parkes, Tooley is capable of blasting them, Venner has been around the block, Ryan Peacock could be anything … it’s a great side,” Qureshi added.
“I think it was our batting that let us down in that game last year.
“To be fair I thought our bowling and fielding was great, but we were short with the bat. If Tooley faces 20 balls we probably win the game.”
Adding to the Wranglers’ batting depth, selectors have added Ben Trevor-Jones to the squad as a marquee player.