St George DCC Cricketer Kurtis Patterson will take over the NSW captaincy in the JLT Cup. NSW Blues captain Peter Nevill has been ruled out of the JLT One-Day Cup after suffering a broken thumb while batting at training at the WACA on Monday afternoon.

Nevill is hopeful of returning for the Sheffield Shield season, which begins in mid October.

“It’s obviously very disappointing to break your thumb on the eve of the JLT One-Day Cup,” Nevill explained.

“But we are confident there is no surgery required, it should heal well, and I am hoping to be back for the start of the Sheffield Shield season.

“I want to be around the group, we have worked very hard to be in a good position at the start of the JLT One-Day Cup.

“I’ll be hanging around in Perth for the first few games to help out in any way I can, and hopefully watch the boys have a successful couple of games here.

“We are very fortunate to have Kurtis Patterson, it will be a seamless transition for him (into a captaincy role).

“Jay kept very well in our internal trial matches a few weeks ago and will come in and do a very good job for the team.”

NSW Blues coach Phil Jaques said he was disappointed to lose his captain so close to the start of the season.

“It’s never ideal to lose your skipper on the eve of the tournament,” Jaques said.

“Nev has put in a lot of hard work throughout the off-season and he will be sorely missed.”

Jaques added he is confident that Patterson and Lenton can help the Blues cover for the loss of their skipper.

“It’s a great opportunity for Kurtis (to captain the side)," Jaques said.

“We named him vice-captain at the start of the pre-season, and that was a well-deserved appointment for Kurtis.

“It will be great for him to step up and get some experience in the captaincy role.

“It’s a good opportunity for Jay to put his name forward and play a role in the JLT One-Day Cup.

“We know that Jay is a very good player and he will do a good job in Nev’s absence.”

  

Article courtesy of Cricket NSW.