The iCollege ACT Comets are looking for a competitive finish to their 2016-2017 Toyota Futures League campaign, with their final round kicking off on Monday 6th March against top of the ladder Queensland.
The side will see two players make their debut, Tuggeranong’s Michael Barrington and Comets Academy member Ryan Smith. Barrington will come into the side as a top order batsman after impressing selectors with his 576 runs, including two centuries, across the 2016-2017 McDonald’s ACT Premier Cricket Competition. Smith, a fast bowler currently exercising his skills in Sydney’s Grade Cricket Competition, will contribute to the Comets’ bowling attack to halt the Queensland batters in their tracks.
General Manager of High Performance, Aiden Blizzard, said he’s looking for the side to go out hard against the competition leaders.
“We’re hoping to see some strong individual performances from players to finish the League competitively. Queensland are always a strong opponent, so our team will need to continue the consistent competitive application we’ve been working on across the season”
“Playing against a quality side like Queensland will again challenge our team’s consistency across 4 days of cricket and encourage our boys to produce what I hope will be their best collective performance of the competition.”
Speaking ahead of the match, Barrington expressed his excitement for the challenge ahead.
“I’m feeling pretty excited to be making my debut. It’s been a little while since I went out for a representative fixture, so I’m very enthusiastic about playing. I’ve had a pretty strong club season, so I’m over the moon with it [the selection].”
“Queensland are always a difficult task, especially up at Allan Border Field. They’re top of the table by miles, so it will be a great challenge to the team.”
“I’d love to contribute to a win. Coming in as a top-order bat, my job is to bat time and score runs and then do my job in the field, so that’s what I’m going to try to keep it to.”
The iCollege ACT Comets
Andrew Harriott (wk)
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