Tourists ?unknown quantity? says Firth

By TONY WHITE

CLARENCE River Cricket Association (CRCA) captain Andrew Firth admits to 'going in blind' today at Ellem Oval against visiting New Zealand touring team, Canterbury Colts.

Despite Firth's lack of knowledge of the tourists, he is quietly confident a new look CRCA side will perform admirably.

The CRCA XI contain a number of debutants including youngsters, Matt Hartmann, Brendan Purser and Rohan Hackett.

"It will be a great chance for the young guns to test themselves against different cricketers," Firth said. "We've also got Trevor White and Nathan Blanch coming into the team.

"It should be a really good day's cricket."

South Services Hartmann and promising lower grade Westlawn player Purser are both recognised batsman with Westlawn's Hackett, cementing a place in the premier's first grade line-up this season after some stirring bowling performances.

The batting and bowling depth looks strong blended with players like John Holmes, Robbie Kean, Firth and Brett Woods.



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