Dubbo young guns Tom Nelson and Henry Railz will get another opportunity to impress at a representative level on Sunday.
The pair have been named in the Dubbo side to take on Bathurst at No.1 Oval in the opening round of the McDonalds Cup.
The replacement competition for the old SCG is one of the few chances Dubbo players will get during season 2016-17 to represent their city.
A large number of Dubbo players were involved in Macquarie’s impressive victory over Lachlan and Dubbo captain Mitch Bower said his players were ready to go.
“We’ve got a few young guys in the team, it’s nearly the same as the Macquarie side from last week. Everybody who has been picked in this team has been picked on merit and they are there to do a job,” he said.
“Tom Nelson averaged 50 in first grade last year and Henry Railz is an outstanding young bowler so we are looking for those guys to do well.”
Bower said he was expecting Bathurst to provide good competition.
“They have a pretty strong side and they were able to beat us in the final of the Premier League last season so we are looking for a bit of revenge there,” he said.
“We had a pretty good reputation in the old SCG Cup, making the quarters and the semis on a few occasions.
“In the last few years we had a good record, so even though the format has changed we hope we can do well in the McDonalds Cup too.”
Bower said he was disappointed there wasn’t more representative opportunities.
“In the last few years there has barely been a Sunday before Christmas where there wasn’t a game on but now without the Premier League, the McDonalds Cup is the only representative cricket left.
“I don’t really know why they cancelled the Premier League. The only good thing to come out of this is that with fewer opportunities, everyone is really keen to play and do well.”
DUBBO: Mitch Bower ©, Jordan Moran, Chris Russo, Marty Jeffrey, Henry Railz, William Lindsay, James O'Brien, Greg Buckley, Mat Skinner, Steve Skinner, Thomas Nelson, Jason Ryan, Chris Morton.