Orana Outlaws will be looking to go one better in the Plan B Regional Bash this season after it was runners-up to Newcastle Blasters last season.
Regional rivalry will be renewed on Saturday when the 2016/17 T20 Plan B Regional Bash champions, Orana Outlaws, take on the Central West Wranglers on the third weekend of the competition at George Park.
The Outlaws were runners up to the Newcastle Blasters last season. Successive victories over the Wranglers and Illawarra Flames on Saturday and Sunday will give the Outlaws the best chance to finish top of the Bathurst Pool and progress to finals day in December.
The Wranglers play the Flames in the final match of the Pool at George Park on Sunday.
Newcastle Blasters also play Lake Mac Attack on Sunday in the final match of the Newcastle Pool at Waratah Oval.
If the Attack win that match, run rate will be used to determine who finishes top of the Pool. While, if the Blasters are victorious, the Central Coast Rush progress to finals day.
The Wranglers will be hungry for success after being eliminated during the early stages of the Plan B Regional Bash each year since the inception of the tournament in 2015/16.
Illawarra Flames are seeking to make their first finals appearance since 2015/16. Players to watch for the Flames are the Wright brothers – Ben and Mitchell, as well as the McDevitt brothers, Xavier and Tom.
Teenage allrounders Brock Larance and Ben Mitchell will be two of the star players for the Outlaws and the Wranglers respectively on Sunday.
Both players were part of the ACT/NSW Country side at the recent Under 17 National Championships that shared the title with Queensland after wet weather forced the final to be abandoned.
Larance was among the top ten leading run-scorers during those national titles held in Mackay and Brisbane during early October. He posted 286 runs at an average of 47.67 including two fifties. The allrounder from Dubbo also chipped in with nine wickets at 13.11 throughout the tournament.
Mitchell collected five scalps at 20.2 at the Under 17 National Championships and scored 103 runs from seven innings.
Alongside Larance, talented leg-spinner and top order batsman Marty Jeffrey will be another key player for the Outlaws. He claimed an important 3-26 in a tight three-run semi-final victory against the Wagga Wagga Sloggers last season to seal a berth in the final for Orana.
Jeffrey and Larance were also members of the NSW team that emerged victorious at the 2018 National Indigenous Cricket Championships in February.
Larance also represented an Australian Aboriginal XI that toured the United Kingdom in June to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the 1868 Pioneers.
Both players finished among four of the leading wicket-takers for the tournament. Jeffrey was second on that list with 14 scalps at 11.00, while Larance claimed 13 wickets with his off-spin to finish in equal third.
The pair will be joined by the man affectionately known as the “Bourke Bruiser”, big-hitting allrounder, Ben Strachan.