A Cricket North representative team will play their North-West counterparts in an annual one-day grudge match at Invermay Park on Sunday with bragging rights up for grabs as to which competition is pre-eminent in the North of the state.
The Northern side will be captained by Mowbray skipper John Le Fevre and coached by Roger Brown.
“I value these sort of games against the North-West and I know the players who put their hands up regularly to play in them do so too,” Le Fevre said.
“I think we have a very competitive team that we are putting onto the park and everyone who has been approached to represent Cricket North have wanted to be playing unless they already had other commitments.”
The record between the two regional sides finished at one win each from two matches last season and with this match the only one scheduled this year – Le Fevre was keen to claim the victory.
“I think we are the premier competition in the North of the state and we want to be known as that and we certainly want to be performing to a level to suggest that is the case,” he said.
“We take a fair bit of pride in our performances in these rep games and obviously go our there wanting to win.
“I am excited about captaining the team for the first time and looking forward to the challenge.”
Le Fevre said the Cricket North side boasted a strong and balanced batting line-up with the likes of Dan Anderson and Alistair Taylor backed up by Rohan Pooley, Le Fevre and Tom Garwood.
“In the bowling department we have a few new guys this year with Westbury’s Jacob Kooran coming in and he has shown a fair bit of pace with Dom Rawlings and Josh Freestone playing their first games for the NTCA and we also have several spin options so we have a balanced attack as well,” Le Fevre said.
“I haven’t studied their team but I expect the likes of Ulverstone’s Josh Walmsley to line-up and Miles Barnard has been in good form.
“Their bowling is always strong with a lot of guys who bowl good line and length and their spinners come on and tie it down quite nicely so they are always a challenge to face.”
Le Fevre hoped playing at Invermay Park would provide an advantage for his side not having to travel and said the oval had a fantastic surface and was one of the top grounds in the North.
Teams Cricket North : John Le Fevre (Capt) (Mowbray), Alec Smith (vc) (South L’ton), Dane Anderson (West), Josh Freestone (South), Tom Garwood (Riverside), John Hayes (South L’ton), Jacob Kooran (Westbury), Rhyan Mansell (Mowbray), Rohan Pooley (Mowbray), Dominic Rawlings (Launceston), Rowan Smith (Launceston), Sean Stevenson (Westbury), Alistair Taylor (Launceston), Jake Williams (Westbury).
Cricket North-West: Josh Walmsley (Ulverstone) - Captain, WK, Miles Barnard (D’port) - Vice-Captain, Tristan Weeks (Latrobe) - Vice-Captain, Nick Revell (Burnie), Bruce Will (D’port), Neil Flack (Latrobe), Andre de Lange (D’port), Jacob Webb (Latrobe), Anish Paraam (D’port), Darren Banham (Ulverstone), Sam Fogg (D’port), Brodie Stokes (Wynyard).