SPUN OUT: Coutts bowler Brenden Cotten.
SPUN OUT: Coutts bowler Brenden Cotten. Debrah Novak

CRICKET: Spinner's chance to shine

CRICKET: Leg spinner Brenden Cotten has been brought into the Clarence River team to take on Nambucca Valley in round two of the 2016/17 North Coast Cricket Council Inter-District Competition at Macksville this Sunday.

The representative side has allowed left arm spearhead Brad Chard to rest sore shins ahead of the McDonald's Country Cup round three knockout clash against Tweed the following Sunday, November 20.

The opening has given selectors an opportunity to experiment with a two-pronged spin attack, with Cotten joining off spinner Andy Kinnane as the side's slow bowlers.

The Coutts Crossing tweaker has displayed some of his best form on the spin-friendly McKittrick Park surface in the GDSC Premier League season.

Cotten has one previous cap for the Clarence River opens team in an inter-district match against Lower Clarence in February, 2014.

His younger brother Ryan Cotten was also recalled to the side for the first time after sitting out most of the 2015/16 season due to knee surgery in Clarence River's previous clash on October 30, in which the hard-hitting batsman capitalised and cemented his place in the team with 46 in the win against Lower Clarence.

The full team for Sunday's clash is Billy Kerr, Tom Kroehnert, Jake Kroehnert (c), Luke Cox, Ryan Cotten, Eli Fahey, Mitch Kroehnert, Matt Dougherty, Brayden Pardoe, Brenden Cotten, Jack Weatherstone, Andy Kinnane.

Players are required to catch the bus from the GDSC at 6.45am.



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