Yass boost their ranks for O'Farrell Cup challenge with Leeto

Leeton captain Nathan Carn is unsure what Yass will bring in the O'Farrell Cup challenge on Sunday.
Leeton captain Nathan Carn is unsure what Yass will bring in the O'Farrell Cup challenge on Sunday.

Yass is taking a stronger team for the trek to Leeton for the O’Farrell Cup than the one who belted Gundagai/Tumut in the Stribley Shield.

Yass are hunting for their first win in the competition, having challenged twice in the 1930s and again in 2003.

With no Country Plate this season and with strong representative form, Yass thought it was the right time to have another challenge.

“We’ve been thinking about it for a few years and have had quite a competitive side,” captain David Field said.

Taking part in only their fourth ever challenge, Yass have made five changes from the team who scored 6-374 from their 50 overs last week.

Field is excited for what lies ahead, even if he knows very little about their rivals.

“There is five changes from last week so it should be a stronger side,” he said.

Daniel Poidevin and Nick Pollack are both coming off centuries and Field believes Tim Hazell will further improve their batting line up.

Paceman Craig Irwin is also back in the fold which is expected to be a big boost as well.

Leeton captain Nathan Carn is also not sure what to expect but was well aware of his rivals form.

“They are a bit of an unknown … that’s obviously a good score, but I don’t know how Gundagai goes either,” he said. 

“It will be interesting to see what happens and what sort of team they come with.”

The Wolves put on a dominant display in the field last week to have Griffith all out for 96, with their batsmen getting the job done with little fuss. 

Carn was hopeful if his side was batting first on Sunday, they would put on a decent total to defend. 

“It’s a pretty well-rounded team again,” he said. 

“We’ve lost a couple because of different commitments they have on, but it’s still a strong side.”

Jarred Lane, Jarryd Day and Steve Weckert are all unavailable this weekend.

Wagga will play the winner next week.

O’Farrell Cup teams

Leeton: Nathan Tang, Matt Dedini, Grant Forrest, Hugh Collins, Daniel Muir, Brent Lawrence, Nathan Carn, Jameson Booth, Kyle Pete, Josh Carn, Angus Boulton. 

Yass: David Field (c), Daniel Poidevin, Ben Hutchison, Nick Pollack, Tim Hazell, David Brown, Andrew Swaffield, Craig Irwin, Beau Walker, Bayley Maher, Billy Bolger, Lachlan O’Mara