Recent Blues One-Day debutant Matt Gilkes has been selected in a 12-man ACT/NSW Country squad for their first match of the Toyota Second XI against Tasmania at Phillip Oval, Canberra, starting Monday.
Gilkes, 20, in just his second One-Day domestic match two days after his debut, impressed many at Drummoyne Oval on Wednesday when he smashed 82 from a mere 51 deliveries in the Blues 77-run victory over Western Australia, their first win of the Marsh Cup.
The exciting left-hander cleared the boundary four times and reached it on seven occasions.
The innings continued a fantastic start to the season including a whirlwind 166 not out from just 115 balls to steer UNSW to an opening round limited-overs win in NSW Premier Cricket last Saturday.
Gilkes received his first Blues contract this season following his debut for the Sydney Thunder in 2018/19.
He joins fellow contracted Blues players, Jason Sangha and Greg West, in the ACT/NSW Country squad. The side will be captained by wicketkeeper Jay Lenton, who made his One-Day debut for NSW last season, playing four matches in the absence of injured captain Peter Nevill.
During 2018/19, both Sangha and West made their Sheffield Shield debuts, Sangha posting his first century at that level in his third match.
Sangha, also 20, backs up after playing for NSW Metro against Western Australia in Blacktown last week and will be hoping to improve on his two single figure scores.
Fast bowling allrounder Nathan McAndrew, who made his One-Day debut for the Blues against Queensland a fortnight ago, has also been selected.
Gilkes enjoyed a break out season last summer in what was then known as the Toyota Futures League, now the Second XI.
He made 508 runs at an average just above 46, including his maiden century at that level.
Gilkes continued that good form in Premier Cricket making 805 runs for UNSW at a fraction below 50.
His tally included three centuries and a highest score of 137 from 126 against Western Suburbs.
Allrounder Hayden Kerr is another selected for ACT/NSW Country who enters the fixture in good form. He started his Premier Cricket campaign in blistering style last Saturday with an unbeaten 121 from 113 for Sydney University.
Powerful Sydney Sixers batsman, and UTS North Sydney captain, Justin Avendano is another notable inclusion for ACT/NSW Country.
Last season, ACT/NSW Country finished second on the Futures League ladder behind Queensland, winning six of its 12 matches with two draws.
Toyota Second XI
ACT/NSW Country squad
Jay Lenton (c) (wk)