East Albury opener Kris Milosta has been included in the Cricket-Albury Wodonga side for Sunday’s O’Farrell Cup clash against Temora at Les Cheesley Oval.
After 10 years in the CAW competition, Milosta will make his long-awaited representative debut at the top of the order.
Cricket Albury-Wodonga representative coach Daryl Tuffey said Milosta deserves his opportunity.
“I’m really excited for him,” Tuffey said.
“I played against him last Saturday and I haven’t seen cleaner hitting down here before.
“We were playing at Scots, but he was hitting sixes that would have been sixes on any ground.
“I’ve been trying to pick guys when they’re in form and he’s been performing for East Albury all summer and deserves a crack.
“He bowls pretty tidy off spin as well.
“He’ll open the batting with Sam O’Connor.”
I played against him (Milosta) on Saturday and I haven’t seen cleaner hitting down here before. We were playing at Scots, but he was hitting sixes that would have been sixes on any ground.Daryl Tuffey
Two changes have been made to the side which dismantled Ardlethan-Barellan last month, with Cameron Suidgeest and Kane Arendarcikas both missing through injury.
Tallangatta’s Sam Stephens joins Milosta as the two inclusions.
“Ash Borella is unavailable, we’re resting Cameron Suidgeest because he’s had quite a big workload and is quite sore at the moment with the County Championships,” Tuffey said.
“Kane Arendarcikas is not playing, he didn’t play last Saturday because of a calf complaint.
“He’s touch and go whether he is going to play against Lavington on Saturday and we need everyone fit and strong for Temora, because they’re going to be a tough opponent.
“They’ve got Dave Tassell who’s the top bowler in CAW and there’s five or six guys that played in the Wagga Sloggers T20 team.”
Tuffey added there’s a buzz around the group following two forfeited challenges.
“We’ve got a pretty strong squad and everyone is in form,” he said.
“There’s a lot of pressure on guys to perform because there’s other guys outside the team that are certainly knocking on the door.”
Start time is 10am.
The CAW team is: G. Daniel (c), S. O’Connor, B. Simmons, N. Brown, R. Brown, R. Jackson, BJ Garvey, J. Craig, S. Stephens, M. Crawshaw and K. Milosta.
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