COUP: Cardiff hope to sign ex-Blues wicket-keeper Daniel Smith for their Twenty20 campaign. Picture: Gettys.
FORMER NSW wicket-keeper Daniel Smith could be unveiled as Cardiff-Boolaroo’s guest player for the Newcastle district cricket Twenty20 competition.
Smith has agreed to join the CBs for theiropening T20game on Thursdayagainst Newcastle City at No.1 Sportsground and is awaiting a clearance from the Sydney Tigers to complete the move.
Under the competition rules, teams can sign two guest players to supplement their squad. Cardiff have also recruitedPenrith batsmanJohn DiBartolo. Both joined Cardiff due to their friendship with Jeff Cook.
BarTV coverage of Uni v Belmont“He’s definitely keen to play and we’ve done everything from our end, so we’re just waiting to get the paperwork back,” Cardiff president Matthew Maher said.
Smithshould provide the twilight round with added prestige. The 33-year-old played 25 Sheffield Shield games for the Blues and featured in theBig Bash League for the Sydney Sixers and Thunder.
Smith will arrive in terrific form after he smashed 115 not out off 109 deliveries on Saturday to recordhis 20thSydney first-grade century.
The T20 competitionbegins on Tuesday at 5pm between the defending premiers University and Belmont at No.1 Sportsground.
Uni have signed Maitland all-roundersLincoln Mills and Michael Rees as their guest players.
Meanwhile, NSW (7-231) ended their n Country Cricket Championships campaign at Mt Gambier with a one-wicket loss to Victoria (9-232) on Monday.
Toronto’s Joe Price (2-21 off 3.4 overs) took two catches off his own bowling to spark a late Bush Blues revival andleaveVictoria 8-216. ButVictoria recovered to chase down the total with 11.2 overs to spare.