CLIMBING BACK UP: Bathurst City all-rounder Ben Orme returns to the upper echelons of representative cricket this Sunday with the Central West Wranglers in the Plan B Bush Bash. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK 112214city3CRICKET
BATHURST will have a big presence at Wade Park this Sunday when the Central West Wranglers get together for the first time to take on the Orana Outlaws in the Regional Bash.
Of the Bathurst group in the side there is no shortage of major representative experience, though it has been lessened somewhat by the absence of stars Trent Copeland Max Hope.
Josh Toole and Jameel Qureshi have both represented Western Zone, while Aaron Seymour has played two trials for Western already this season.
Joey Coughlan has played opens for Mitchell, while Ryan Peacock has made just about every representative team he is eligible for even though he is only 17.
It is a little different for former Bathurst City captain Ben Orme given he has not represented for Mitchell for the last three years.
But he said he is out to prove a point not just this weekend, but this summer.
“I had a pretty good knock of 60-odd in a President’s Cup game in Orange last year and got spoken to about possibly playing some more rep stuff for Mitchell, but wasn’t too fazed about it at the time,” he said.
“But Joey and I spoke about trying to make the Western side together. He wasn’t even going to play cricket this summer, but decided he wanted to give it a go so we sort of teamed up I guess to try and give it a crack.
“A lot of stuff has happened at club level over the off-season and I kind of feel like I’ve got a bit of a point to prove,” he added, referring to City’s decision to not appoint him as captain for 2015-16.
“Getting the chance to play this game is pretty big. Just getting back onto Wade Park and playing against the white ball after not having played Bonnor Cup for a long time is something to look forward to.”
Orme’s hard hitting will be a big asset in the Wranglers’ top order and his versatility brings another dimension to the side considering he’s batted everywhere from opener to number seven in recent years with Redbacks and Bathurst.
Adding to that, his bowling offers the handy commodity of control.
He is not the quickest bowler going around and doesn’t move the ball like Seymour or Redbacks team-mate Matt Lawson. But Orme does hit his spot with unerring accuracy, and does it while bowling a heavy ball.
“I think batting in these games comes back to playing on instinct and putting bat on ball. Speaking to Jameel about it the other day he just said that the best thing I could do was to back myself to hit it over the field whenever it was in my spot,” he said.
“With the ball, if I can keep hitting the same areas and just change the pace here and there it will go a long way to doing my job.
“I know most of the guys we’re playing against, I’ve come up against them through Western Premier League and I even played Western under 12s with Michael Curtale from Cowra a long time ago. I can’t wait.”
The only concern for Orme could be a mild concussion he suffered last Sunday when he was smashed in the head by a drive from a Cowra opponent in their WPL match, but he is certain he will be fine.
The tournament has replaced the old SCG Cup knockout event and gives country-based players the opportunity to mix it with the best talent from their own region whether it be with players still there, or those who have moved on.
The Wranglers, were scheduled to be led by Test player Copeland while Hope was another key figure.
But both look set to miss out with their respective clubs St George and Sydney Uni having made the semi-finals of the Sydney Grade Twenty20 competition, which will also be held on Sunday.
CENTRAL WEST WRANGLERS: Chris Boothroyd (Blue Mountains), Jackson Coote (Orange), Matt Corben (Orange), Joey Coughlan (Bathurst), Cameron Cox (Mudgee), Michael Delaney (Orange), Jarrod Hastings (Blue Mountains), Ben Orme (Bathurst), Ryan Peacock (Bathurst), Jameel Qureshi (Bathurst), Aaron Seymour (Bathurst), Josh Toole (Bathurst), Richie Venner (Orange).
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