UNLUCKY OMISSION: Orange’s Charlie Litchfield.CRICKET
THREE of Western Zones’ strongly-performed colts side earned NSW Country call-upsfor the 2015 Cricket NSW Under 19 State Challenge, but after a lean Country Cricket NSW Colts Carnival last weekend, Orange’s Charlie Litchfield couldn’t retain his cap.
Bathurst’s Tom Galvin was named for NSW Country Maroon while Cowra’s Jacob McNaught and Parkes’ Vincent Umbers were named for NSW Country Purple to take on two NSW Metropolitan sides next week, for a place in the NSW/ACT Under 19 squad.
Despite playing last year’s State Challenge for NSW Country Blue, Litchfield, currently playing for the NSW Schoolboys in a three-day trial against their Queensland counterparts, wasn’t named.
“He got a couple of good balls over the weekend, which happens. Althoughthere was a lot of top order batsmen who did score runs,” Western Zone coach Matt Tabbernor said.
Western won two of three matches at last weekend’s carnival, and remained in contention to claim the title heading into the final day, which delighted Tabbernor who said the side probably “exceeded expectations a bit”.
“To come away with two wins and still be in the mix on day three was great,” he said.
“For such a young side to do so well was a big thing. I was a bit worried about how we’d go with the bat but we went well and to defend 250 and 200 in those conditions was great.”
Western defeated Illawarra and Central Coast on days one and two respectively, before being defeated by Central Northern on day three. Umbers led the way for Western with 130 runs across the three days while Dubbo’s Asher Robins was next best with 116, and the wickets were shared around as well with Marty Jeffrey’s four wickets the most.
“I said it numerous times to the boys that we don’t have superstars in our team like some of the others but all our players contributed,” Tabbernor said.
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