OUT TO MAKE THEIR MARK: Wynyard pair Brodie Stokes and Declan West will both make their representative debuts when CNW takes on Cricket North on Sunday. Picture: Stuart Wilson.
TWO days ago, Brodie Stokes and Declan West were wondering what to do this long weekend.
But when the Cricket North West team were hit by unavailability, the good friends received a late call-up, and now are preparing to make representative debut on Sunday against Cricket North.
After getting over the surprise of selection, the 22-year-olds are now looking forward to testing themselves against quality opposition together.
“We played cricket together since primary school and I don’t really remember playing a game without him,” West, an off-spinner, said.
“We have sort of developed at the same rate.
“I don’t think there are going to be many weak links in the Cricket North team, so it will be a bit more of a challenge.”
Stokes, an all-rounder who belted a spectacular 73 off 35 balls in Twenty20 game two weeks ago, said his aim was to play within his capabilities.
“If I get the ball I’ll just try to be tight and if I get a bat, I just want to try and work the ball around and not do anything too special,” he said.
“I’m trying to be a bit more of a rounded player this year and going out on the field with the mindset of doing that.”
West, Stokes, and Ulverstone import Anton Ehlers come into the team, replacing Nick Granger, Tristan Weeks and Corey Murfet.
The women’s team has also had to be reshuffled, with Latrobe trio Zoe Lowry, Krysie Jeffrey and Georgia Foote all unavailable, along with Wynyard’s Cherie Hawkins.
Their place in the team has been taken by Ulverstone duo Natalie Rollins and Floss Rockliff, Wynyard’s Jaime Bradley and Burnie’s April Brown.
Both games will be played at the NTCA complex, starting from 11am.
REVISED CNW TEAMS – MEN: Josh Walmsley, Jacob Snare, Corey Briggs, Anton Ehlers (Ulv), Declan West, Brodie Stokes (Wyn), Miles Barnard, Bruce Will, Sam Fogg (Dev), Alex King (Shf), Callan Morse, Jake Libby (Lat).
WOMEN: Mel Scolyer, Jane Riley, Tayla Wigg, April Brown (Bur), Samantha Cotton, Taylah Purton, Kahla McKenzie, Jaime Bradley, Suzie Gale (Wyn), Kayla Marshall, Natalie Rollins, Floss Rockliff (Ulv).
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