Sydney Thunder left-arm quick Daniel Sams along with teenagers Jason Sangha and Jack Edwards are among three potential debutants named in a 14-man squad for the opening matches of the New South Wales Blues JLT One-Day Cup campaign.

The Blues play their first two matches against Western Australia at the WACA Ground on Tuesday and Thursday.

All three uncapped players have shown strong form during recent trial matches for the Blues held during August and September.

Sams has earned his selection from outside the Blues contracted squad due to consistent performances in McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket and for the Sydney Sixers during BBL|07.

The 25-year-old recently signed with the Thunder for the upcoming BBL season.

Over the past two seasons, Sams has taken 74 wickets at 19.47 for Randwick Petersham. He claimed seven wickets for the Sixers last season at 25.42.

This form was demonstrated in a six-wicket trial match win over Queensland in Brisbane where he picked up 3-24 from seven overs.

He is also a heavy hitter of the cricket ball down the order.

Blues coach Phil Jaques said players have been rewarded for strong performances in preseason and club cricket over previous seasons.

“We’re looking at growing our player pathway system, giving players opportunities so if they perform in different formats they’ll get opportunities at the next level whether they’re contracted or not,” Jaques said.

“Those performances will be rewarded.”

Both Sangha, 19, and Edwards, 18, were an integral part of the Australian Under 19 World Cup squad that made the final of that tournament held in New Zealand last January and February. Sangha captained that side.

Earlier in that season he became the youngest batsman since India legend Sachin Tendulkar to score a first-class century against England when he posted 133 from 226 balls for a Cricket Australia XI during a tour match in Townsville.

During the trial matches, Sangha also showed his versatility, taking regular wickets with his more than handy leg-spin.

Eighteen-year-old Edwards stood out in the Blues final practice match of their camp in Brisbane last week.

The Blues rookie scored 66 from 92 balls against a strong attack featuring Australian and NSW paceman Mitchell Starc and off-spinner Nathan Lyon.

Jaques said it was a very exciting squad.

“I think we’ve got every angle covered,” he said.

“We’ve picked some really intelligent players.

“It’s a slightly different looking squad to what we’ve had in previous years.

“It’s a really good mix of young and old and there are opportunities for some young guys to stake their claim.”

NSW Blues JLT One-Day Cup Squad

Peter NEVILL (captain)










Stephen O'KEEFE


Daniel SAMS