“Finchy’s irreplaceable, but we’ve done our best, a right-hander from Colac.”
Geelong coach Andre Borovec says it’s fitting Colac’s Luke Inglis will make his Victorian Premier Cricket first XI debut for the club in the absence of champion Colac batsman Aaron Finch.
Inglis was one of two cricketers rushed into the Cats’ line-up for the second day of their clash with Casey-South Melbourne, after Finch and Victorian quick Jake Reed returned to Bushrangers duties for a touring match against South Africa at the MCG tomorrow.
Fellow youngster Angus Boyd will also come into the side.
Inglis, 18, will step into the thick of top-grade premier cricket action, taking over from Finch’s unbeaten knock of 39 as Geelong resumes its innings at 0-85 chasing down the Swans’ 244.
Inglis, the latest successful product of City United’s cricket factory, joined the Cats this season alongside another CDCA export Jacob McKenzie, who made his debut last weekend in day one of the same match.
Borovec said he was delighted to watch Inglis earn a top-grade call-up after the promising batsman followed a similar junior pathway program to Finch, who has gone on to establish a successful career for Australia in the shorter formats of the game.
“It’s certainly a good story; Luke’s been on the radar for a number of years through the pathway system with the Rockets,” he said.
For the full story see today’s Colac Herald.