Bob McKenzie will lead Clarence River into battle for the first round of the Country Shield knockout competition.
Bob McKenzie will lead Clarence River into battle for the first round of the Country Shield knockout competition. Lynne Mowbray

Settled line-up is key for rep team as new season begins

CLARENCE River and Lower Clarence kick start their respective 2013/14 representative cricket campaigns this Sunday.

Clarence River will take on Coffs Harbour at Ellem Oval in the Country Shield, while Lower Clarence travels to Macksville to take on Macleay Valley in the Country Plate.

Bob McKenzie will lead Clarence River into battle for the first round of the knockout competition.

"The nucleus of the team is much the same (as last summer) so we should come up all right," he said.

"English opener Jordan Elliott comes in, as does Brendan Honeybrook, so hopefully we can set the game up for him to score some runs down the order."

Lower Clarence reached the top four in the state last year for the first time but will field a new-look line-up this summer.

"It's a very different side to last year," captain Luke Many said.

"We've lost a few older guys, and, to be honest it's disappointing a lot of blokes are not keen to play rep cricket.

"But it means we get to blood a few younger fellas. I'm still confident we're going to win, we're not just going down to Macksville for the drive."

REPRESENTATIVE CRICKET LINE-UPS

CLARENCE RIVER team to play Coffs: Bob McKenzie (c), Matt Dougherty, Brayden Pardoe (Tucabia- Copmanhurst), Brendan Cleaver, Tom Kroehnert (Souths Services), Doug Harris, Jordan Elliott (GDSC Easts), Brad Chard, Brandon Honeybrook, Tim Tilse, Luke Fox (Coutts Crossing), Nathan Blanch (Westlawn).

LOWER CLARENCE team to play Macleay Valley: Luke Many (c), Darrell Simmons, Ben McMahon, Hayden McMahon, Jacob McMahon, Tim McMahon, Harry Nicholson, Daley Durrant, Mark Ensby (Harwood), Matt Farrell (Iluka), Zac Honeybrook (United), James Law-O'Keefe (Yamba).



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