Promising batsman Owen Chivers will make his ACT and Manuka Oval debuts less than three months after suffering a broken hand while bowling in the nets.
Chivers hopes to use the three-day match with a NSW second XI starting on Monday ”to make a statement” for Futures League selection next summer.
The 19-year-old from Bowral has made an instant impression in his first season in the Cricket ACT first-grade competition, scoring a double-hundred for ANU in November last year.
But he was dealt a blow in the middle of December when he had to have eight screws and a plate inserted into his right hand after fielding off his own bowling in the nets.
Chivers initially thought he would miss the remainder of the season, but has got full movement back in his hand after playing the past two club games.
”I don’t normally bowl, and I was bowling to one of the lower-order batsmen and copped a ball straight back at me,” Chivers said.
”When I first came back two weeks ago it was 10 per cent weaker, but now it has fully recovered.”
Prime Minister’s XI representative Michael Spaseski will captain an up-and-coming ACT side featuring Chivers, Wests/UC batsman Adam Hewitt and emerging opener Matt Condon.
NSW will use the game to assess Manuka Oval to see if it would be suitable to host the Sheffield Shield final later this month if they win the rights to host it.
It is also an opportunity for fringe fast bowlers Gurinder Sandhu, Josh Lalor and Chris Tremain to push their claims for first-class selection.
”It’s going to be a great experience to see what it’s like to be on the end of a few of those rockets,” Chivers said.
”Sandhu’s going to be coming from a lot of height so I have to figure out how to combat that.
”My goal is to play in the Futures League next season and hopefully I can make a statement tomorrow.”
Play at Manuka Oval starts at 10.30am.
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