Riverside will unleash West Indian all-rounder Kirk Thompson for the first time in Saturday's Greater Northern Cup clash with Latrobe.
Arriving in the state on Thursday afternoon, the 25-year-old will cover experienced middle-order bat Patty Mackrell as the Blues look to bounce back from a tough loss to Westbury.
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"He's a left hand bat who bowls a bit of off-spin as well," Blues captain Tom Garwood said of his new recruit.
"We obviously haven't seen him play but from all reports he's going to do pretty well for us. He'll bat through the middle order."
The Blues were convincing winners when the two sides met last season, compiling 1-188 in a rain-reduced match with Garwood, Pete New and Josh Partridge all making 40-plus.
MOWBRAY will make at least three changes ahead of its trip to North-West heavyweight Ulverstone, with captain-coach Jimmy Storay joining Jono Jones on the sidelines.
Luke Scott will skipper the Eagles with Sam Canny winning a call-up and Spencer Hayes and Sam Freeman back from under-17 national championships.
"I think on paper we look a lot better than what we did the week before, but we just need to start being consistent for longer periods of time," Storay said.
"[Ulverstone] have been consistently good for a very long period of time, they've got some good young kids there and some experienced players so we're expecting a very tough match-up."
Storay said his players had been lifted by some extra time with coaching director Clinton Reid following a disappointing opening round loss to Launceston.
"Yab's had a good last couple of weeks to do some one-on-one stuff with players whereas he hasn't [been able to] previously," Storay said.
"Now that we've got a bigger area to train with I think the guys will start to get a bit better."
Star quick Nick Spencer will play his first game of the season as WESTBURY hosts Devonport.
The Orions are the last side to have beaten the reigning Greater Northern Cup champions in one-day cricket, having upset the Shamrocks at their Ingamells Oval fortress in December last year.
"They were one of the stronger North-West teams we came up against," Westbury skipper Dan Murfet said.
"They've got a decent all-round outfit - a couple of the guys at the top that can score runs pretty quickly and a couple of experienced heads among that - so it'll be a good test after a good win last week to see where we're at against them."
The match will mark the second of six consecutive Westbury home games.
LAUNCESTON captain-coach Alistair Taylor isn't taking anything for granted as his side prepares to host Wynyard.
The Blues went through 2018-19 without registering a win despite coming within two wickets of the Lions early in the season, but should provide more of a challenge this campaign.
"From what I've heard they've recruited really well," Taylor said.
"Gregg Sharman's done a really good job to get them back to being competitive so we're expecting a really tough game of cricket."
The Lions lost for the first time last weekend despite an 85-run opening stand between Sam Elliston-Buckley and Cam Lynch.
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Elliston-Buckley leads the run-scorers list after two rounds but will need some more help from a middle order which is largely yet to hit its straps.
"One hundred and ninety's not a bad score but we obviously needed about 250 with the firepower South Launceston had," Taylor said.
"It was a bit disappointing the bowlers didn't execute their plans too well but credit to South, they played a really good brand of cricket."
SOUTH LAUNCESTON has welcomed Jeremy Jackson and second-grade captain Nathan Carter for its clash with Cricket North-West titleholder Burnie.
Opener Sisitha Jayasinghe and Graham Donaldson make way.
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