Two more Cricket North high-fliers will debut for the Greater Northern Raiders this weekend in the first two rounds of T20 matches.
Mowbray duo Ben Bodha and James Storay have been called up to cover of a raft of changes to the Raiders’ side, with Alex Kerrison unavailable, Tom Gray rested and Jimmy Lee released back to South Launceston.
UK import Bodha hit a season-high 89 late last month followed by a pair of 30s, while Storay has taken seven wickets at 19 and averages nearly 40 with the bat after returning to the Eagles’ line-up in round six.
“Ben’s a high-order batter who’s hit some form with Mowbray over the past few weeks and he’s a very good fielder, in T20 it’s important you have good fielders in your side,” coach Andy Gower said.
“Jimmy Storay’s a very good left-arm fast bowler so he’ll just add a bit of depth to our opening bowling and the bowling at the end of the innings.”
Experienced Devonport all-rounder Anish Paraam has also been called up for both matches, while Shaun Redman will cover Alistair Taylor’s absence in Saturday’s UTAS Stadium clash with Kingborough.
The Knights boast first-class experience in Clive Rose and Brady Jones, but Gower backed his youthful side to deliver in the shorter format.
“Last night [at training] we just had a bit of fun, we did a bit of range hitting and just looked to execute yorkers,” he said.
“It just gives the boys a chance to relax and not have that added pressure of batting for long periods of time like we do in two-day cricket.
“T20 cricket is anyone’s game, we’re just going to go out there very positively, have a bit of fun, enjoy each other’s company and hopefully get the result.”
The Raiders will play a second T20 in Glenorchy on Sunday.
ROUND 8 & 9
- Saturday: Raiders v Kingborough at UTAS Stadium, 1pm
- Sunday: Raiders v Glenorchy at KGV Oval, 12 noon
Miles Barnard (Devonport) (C)
Anish Paraam (Devonport)
Ben Bodha (Mowbray)
Oliver Wood (Westbury)
Nathan Carter (South Launceston)
John LeFevre (Mowbray)
Jono Marsden (South Launceston)
Corey Briggs (Westbury)
James Storay (Mowbray)
Shaun Redman (Burnie)
James Beattie (South Launceston)