NEW South Wales guns and former Mitchell stars Chris Tremain and Trent Copeland could return to Orange next week to play in the Orange District Cricket Association’s centenary match at Wade Park.
Tremain, a former Orange District Cricket Association player of the year, and Copeland, a Bathurst product, are a chance of returning to the region after the State Cup match between Bathurst and Orange was rescheduled for next Wednesday.
And both sides will benefit from having two state cricketers each in their ranks for the 40-over day-night clash.
Both Tremain and Copeland wrap up their NSW commitments at the latest on Sunday, with the Blues taking on Victoria in the final Sheffield Shield match of the regular season at the MCG this week.
The possibility of both quicks being back to bolster their old team’s respective ranks are strong.
ODCA president Mark Frecklington said the match, originally scheduled to be played at the start of the 2011-12 season, was an important one considering it marked 100 years of cricket in Orange.
He believes the fact state players are set to line-up for either side is a massive boost.
And now the timing was right.
“I guess we were always trying to get this match up and going being a State Cup match with a couple of state players coming out to play, but with Wade Park being out of action we didn’t really try too hard,” he said.
The match will give Orange players the chance to shine after what has been a dismal representative season.
SCG Country Cup Western Zone champions last summer, Orange could only muster the one win in 2011-12 – a one-run triumph over Cowra in the final rep fixture of the season – to finish the year with a record of one win and five losses.
But Frecklington was confident Orange’s best players would be available for the centenary game in seven days time.
“I think we’ll look to play our strongest 11 but that’s up to the selectors,” he said.
“I think our strongest side would be the way to go with it being a game being an important one to mark the centenary of cricket in Orange.”
Frecklington said he’d know just which state players would be available for the game later in the week.
Next Wednesday’s match begins at 5.30pm at Wade Park.
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