Orions to face new-look Mountaineers

Posted on 20 June 2019

Sheffield will unveil three new recruits as it seeks to show the rest of the clubs that they have improved when the second round of the Greater Northern Cup is played on Saturday.
Nanjing Night Net

The Mountaineers travel to Devonport to take on their big city rivals in a game that always seems to contain some spice, no matter what the ladder positions are

Adding to the occasion will be debut of former Orions wicketkeeper Richard Cowlard for the visitors, while Mersey Valley recruits Curt Woolley and Denzil DeVries also get their first chance to impress.

Captain Gary Miles is also a welcome return for the Mountaineers after injury saw him spend plenty of time on the sidelines last year.

Comeback: Sheffield captain Gary Miles returns to the Mountaineers line-up for the game against Devonport after missing most of last season.

While Sheffield play its first game for the year, Devonport are coming off an impressive 109-run win over South Launceston last week.

They have made just the one change, with batsman Bruce Will set to miss a few weeks after a knee operation.

His spot has been taken by another run maker inBrent Mullett, who will alsotake up his customary spot behind the stumps.

After a disappointing outing at home in the opening round, Wynyard will be looking for redemption when it hosts Latrobe.

Kade Bellinger will make his debut for the Bluesand will also take over captaincy duties.

He is theonly change to side andreplaces veteran Brett Lee, who returns to the second grade side.

The Demons put together a strong performance last week to topple Riverside in round one, and predictably have named an unchanged team after getting solid contributions from every player.

The two grand finalists from last season, Ulverstone and Burnie clash at UCI Oval, and come into the game with differing form lines.

Led by a swashbuckling maiden century to Darren Banham, the Black Caps made a handy total against Launceston before keeping things tight with the ball to run out comfortable 59-run winners.

Selectors have been forced to make one change, with Steven Murfet replacing the unavailable Sam Murfitt.

The Hurricanes were barely in the hunt against Westbury as they attempted to chase down 231 last week, but have shown faith in the batting group for Saturday.

The only change is in the bowling stocks, withyoung paceman Emmitt Watkins returning from a knee reconstruction that saw him miss all of last season, and Shaun Redman going out.

After rain washed out the opening round of the second grade season last Sunday, players will hope to get away this Sunday when Devonport and Wynyard host Twenty20 gala days from 10.00am. The Orions are joined by Ulverstone and Latrobe, while the Blues entertain Sheffield and Burnie.

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