AN EMERGING breed of young cricketers is looking to extend the Warrnambool and District Cricket Association's bragging rights over rival Hamilton on Sunday.
The WDCA and Hamilton Cricket Association are preparing for an annual showdown between their under 17 and under 15 representative sides.
The WDCA has won the past six encounters at the younger level.
WDCA director of junior cricket Gordon McLeod said Sunday's matches would be used as trial games for Country Week selection.
"The games are expected to be very competitive, with many young talented players striving to do well at the next level of cricket," McLeod said.
The under 17 WDCA side will be led by West Warrnambool captain Ben Threlfall and vice-captain Jye Turland. The under 17s will play on the Avery's Paddock turf wicket in Port Fairy from 10am on Sunday, while the under 15s are scheduled to play at the neighbouring J.J. Colledge Oval hard wicket from 10.15am.
Coach Andrew Bridge and selectors named a 13-man under 17 side but there are lingering injury concerns over a couple of players.
The under 15s, to be coached by Brian Medew, will be captained by Allansford's Hugh McCluggage , with Merrivale's Ben Fleming vice-captain.
The under 17 squad is: Ben Threlfall (c), Jye Turland (vc), Will Templeton (all West Warrnambool), Jayden Stokie, Josh Alexander (Wesley-CBC), Brad Parsons, Joe Medew-Ewen (Port Fairy), Aidan Payne (Allansford), Jake Lee (Dennington), Louis Holland (Merrivale), Matt Price (Nestles), Riley Owen, Brad Worden (Russells Creek).
Any player unable to play is urged to contact coach Andrew Bridge on 0429 216 634.
The under 15 side is: Hugh McCluggage (captain, Allansford), Ben Fleming (vc), Jarrod Petherick (Merrivale), Nick King, Shannon Beks (Dennington), Harry Bond (Russells Creek), Travis Parsons (Port Fairy), Liam Antonio (Brierly-Christ Church), Jack Lynch (Koroit), Zac Bussell, Will Scriven, Jack Clifford (Woodford).