Opening batsman Nick Larkin and 20-year-old Jason Sangha are among nine Blues selected in a 12-man squad for NSW Metropolitan to start the Toyota Second XI competition on Monday.
Larkin will captain NSW Metro against Western Australia in the four-day fixture at Blacktown International Sportspark No. 2.
The Toyota Second XI previously known as the Toyota Futures League, signals the start of the Marsh Sheffield Shield on October 10, when the NSW Blues play Queensland at the Gabba.
Larkin and Sangha, in his first season as full-time member of the squad, played all eleven matches for the Blues throughout the Shield campaign last season, including the Final won by Victoria.
The opener enjoyed his best season to date scoring 687 runs at 36.15 including two centuries, while Sangha, then 19, scored his maiden Shield century in just his third First Class match for the Blues.
The other contracted Blues chosen for Metro are 19-year-old wicketkeeper-batter Baxter Holt, batsmen Ryan Gibson, Ryan Hackney, allrounder Param Uppal, and fast bowlers Liam Hatcher, Greg West and Ryan Hadley.
Players selected from outside the Blues squad are Sydney Sixers off-spinner Ben Manenti, right-handed opener Daniel Solway and seamer Harmon Sandhu, brother of former Blues quick Gurinder.
All 12 are involved in the opening round of McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket on Saturday.
Larkin registered his highest First Class score last season making 175 not out at Manuka Oval, Canberra, against Queensland.
Over the last two seasons, Larkin has represented the ACT/NSW Country team with tremendous success in the Second XI competition. He scored 625 runs from just four matches at the incredible average of 208.33.
Sangha has also represented ACT/NSW Country in the past.
Alongside fellow teenager Jack Edwards, Sangha made headlines with his maiden Shield century last season.
At the hallowed Sydney Cricket Ground, he scored 117 against Tasmania, combining with Edwards for a 180-run sixth wicket partnership, who also posted his maiden First Class hundred.
The pair became the third teenage duo to score centuries in the same Sheffield Shield match.
The previous summer Sangha became the youngest batsman to score a First Class century against England since the great Sachin Tendulkar. At 18, he made 133 for a Cricket Australia XI during a tour match in Townsville.
Sangha also led Australia to the final of the 2018 Under 19 World Cup in New Zealand won by India. He was joined in that team by Holt and Hadley.
Holt last season set a new record for most dismissals by a keeper on First Class debut for NSW with nine catches against Tasmania during the final round of the Shield.
He also equalled the Australian First Class record for a debutant gloveman set by Victorian Sam Harper in 2015/16.
Sangha, Holt and left-arm quick West were among six Shield debutants for the Blues last season.
The NSW Metro side will be seeking to improve on its sixth-place finish in the Second XI during 2018/19. This season, each team plays at least five four-day matches and six T20 games.