Bathurst Orange Inter District Cricket: Former Tiger Ben Trevor-Jones is eager to see how ORC fares

FLASHBACK: Ben Trevor-Jones now lives in England, but he grew up playing for ORC and is exited to see how they fare in the BOIDC this summer.

FLASHBACK: Ben Trevor-Jones now lives in England, but he grew up playing for ORC and is exited to see how they fare in the BOIDC this summer.

HE now lives some 17,000 kilometres from the wickets where played as a Tiger, but Ben Trevor-Jones is still excited at the prospect of ORC's return to the Bathurst Orange Inter District Cricket competition.

Trevor Jones played his junior cricket for ORC, but only ever got to contest club games against other Bathurst sides. It was the same when he switched to Bathurst City for season 2007-08 and made his first grade debut.

While he has since gone to play for Sydney University and is now based in England - this season he skippered his Papplewick and Linby Cricket Club side - Trevor-Jones still has a soft spot for the Tigers.

So he's eager to see how they fare in their first BODIC campaign since 2019-20 and hopes that COVID-19 won't heavily impact their season.

"Great to hear it's back to BOIDC, I actually never played in BOIDC, it was only the Bathurst first grade competition when I played previously," he said.

"I think it's great that they're back to that format, I think the more players you have involved in that competition the better and I hope they get as much cricket as they can in with the challenges that lie ahead.

"But speaking from experience, I think you'll be surprised with how quickly you'll actually be able to get back on and it will just require a little bit of intervention from the powers above to find a way to keep all the players safe and still get cricket on."

During his playing days with ORC, Trevor-Jones was also a Bathurst District representative. He was handy with the bat, but best known as a promising leg-spinner.

He made his first grade debut at 15, a summer when Bathurst and Orange sides played in their own local competitions.

Since then Trevor-Jones has spent time as a wicket-keeper and is now a top order batsman.

This season was not his best with the bat - he made 450 runs at an average of 26.47 - but he did score three half centuries.

His best knock was a 76 Mansfield Hosiery Mills CC, his shots including a six and five boundaries.

"I haven't quite got the quantity of runs I would've liked, but I've played a couple of innings I was happy with and I feel like I've made some good contributions," he said.

"But yeah I was not quiet as consistent as last season, but it's probably more a matter of making bigger scores when I started which has been the case this season.

"So I'll reflect on that and find a way to improve for next season and try and get a bit more consistency in my batting.

"Overall relatively happy with how everything has gone this season, I would've liked to finish a bit higher in the league, but it's a really competitive league so it's something was just need to learn from for next season and find a way to get better and compete with the teams who ended up finishing up the top."

While he waits for next season, Trevor-Jones will be hoping ORC can compete with the teams finishing up the top of the ladder. The BOIDC is set to start on October 30.