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Zampa eyes off Bulls

UPDATED 30 November, 2012 3:13PM AEST | by Steve Orme

Fresh from an impressive first-class debut that saw him claim five wickets, rookie NSW leg-spinner Adam Zampa looms as a key figure in Sunday's crucial Ryobi Cup clash against Queensland at Manuka Oval.

The 20-year-old has been named in a 12-man squad and appears certain to make his one-day domestic debut for the bottom-placed Blues.


"I thought he bowled beautifully on debut," Blues skipper Stephen O'Keefe said of the promising youngster.


"Those last three wickets are always hard to get and he did that (in the second innings) and he cracked open the partnership of (Chris) Hartley and (Nathan) Reardon in the first innings, so I think he could be something.


"There's a lot of potential there for Australian cricket and NSW cricket in the future.


"It's a pretty big ground and I'd be pretty keen to see a guy like Zampa who's been named in the squad bowl as well as he has this week in the one-day format as well."


O'Keefe's men are coming off a 110-run thumping at the hands of the Bulls at the 'Gabba last week and desperately need to add to their tally of four points from three games.


Zampa's inclusion for Josh Hazlewood is the only change to the Blues' 12-man squad.


The third-place Bulls are coming off consecutive victories but must keep winning to keep in touch with leaders Victoria, who are 10 points ahead of them on 19 points.


"I think it's important for both teams, especially with the two teams (Victoria and South Australia) out in front," Bulls coach Darren Lehmann said.


"The one day wicket is normally a pretty good one here so I expect a high scoring game."


The match will see former Warriors star Luke Pomersbach make his debut for Queensland.


The 28-year-old is on the comeback trail from off-season hand surgery and replaces Chris Lynn (groin) in the squad.


Lehmann backed Pomersbach to make the most of his second chance at the Bulls after a troubled stint in the West.


"He got 140 (in club cricket) last week so he's starting to hit some form for us," Lehmann said.


"He played well in a couple of one day games. He gets his chance to wear the maroon cap for the first time and I'm looking forward to it.


"He's gone through a lot of times off the field moreso than anything else but we're really pleased with the way he's been.


"Since he's been with us there have been no dramas whatsoever. I hope he goes well and he has a long career with us... he's in a really good place off the field."


The only other change sees left-arm spinner Brad Ipson return to the squad for his second game of the summer, replacing young all-rounder Jason Floros who injured a finger at his last outing.

The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Cricket Australia

First Posted 30 November, 2012 3:11PM AEST

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