The under-19 national championships in Adelaide have robbed both Greater Northern Raiders and Lindisfarne of key personnel for this weekend’s round 6 Cricket Tasmania Premier League showdown.
Raiders coach Andrew Gower has been forced to make four changes with Westbury batsman Jake Williams and Launceston leggie James Curran on state duties, while Burnie duo Brodie Hayes and Shaun Redman are unavailable to play at Lindisfarne Memorial Park on Saturday and Sunday.
The quartet have been replaced by Shamrocks quick Jono Chapman, Mowbray coach John LeFevre, South Launceston top-order batsman James Lee and Devonport all-rounder Cody Brown.
“James and John will make their debut with us and provide some batting experience. I’m interested to have a look at Jimmy who is in pretty good form,” Gower said.
“He will spend time at the crease which is good and knows how to let balls go – build his way into a nice innings.
“And to have Jono Chapman leading the attack is a real positive for the side.”
Ladder-leaders Lindisfarne have lost Keegan Oates and Jarrod Freeman to higher honours, but Gower knows the Raiders will be up against a quality outfit.
“They are as good as any team going around with Thomas Briscoe and Matthew Wilkie up front with the ball,” Gower said.
However, they have got a few out too and Charlie Wakim has been included in the Sheffield Shield squad as well
“We’re not sure of the final make-up of their side but we think we’ve picked a good experienced side this week – blokes that have played a lot of A-grade cricket.
“We’ve just got to play two full days of cricket as we’ve played in patches, which have been quite exciting.
“But at the moment we’re playing two sessions out of three and that one session has been really hurtful where we lose a lot of wickets or go for too many runs.”
The Raiders are placed eighth with six points, 24 behind a Lindisfarne side with just one loss to its name.
Play starts at 10.30am both days.