Lake Inverell

Cricket Elite in Town

1 November 2018

CRICKET grounds across Inverell are primed and ready for the NSW Country Cricket Championships to start tomorrow morning at 10 o’clock.

With the temperature warming up, Inverell and District Cricket Association and council staff have been busy mowing and watering turf wickets at Varley and McCosker Ovals.

It’s the second year in a row Inverell will host the elite event and Inverell Shire Council mayor Paul Harmon says the three-day tournament brings close to 200 open men’s cricketers as well as coaching and support staff to town.

“The event will be played across Friday, Saturday and Sunday and we will see some very talented cricketers take to the field from Newcastle, the Hunter, North Coast and Central North”.

Under 17 ACT/NSW Country and Western zone allrounder Brock Larance will be one of the players to watch over the three days.

Larance was an integral part of the ACT/NSW Country side that was declared joint champions at the Under 17 national titles in early October. He was the leading run-scorer for his region and also claimed nine wickets.

Cr Harmon says local hopes will rest with Central Northern, who will play their first game at McCosker Oval tomorrow.

The team will be led by NSW Country Bush Blues’ wicketkeeper Tom Groth, who was a member of the Bush Blues’ team that won the Australian Country Championships last season.

Big-hitting allrounder and Country Bush Blues team mate Caleb Ziebell is also set to provide plenty of punch for North Coastal. At last season’s national titles, Ziebell topped the list of leading run-scorers for the tournament with an average of 43.89.

President of Inverell & District Cricket Association, Steve de Gunst says it’s a terrific chance to see elite cricketers in action and admission is free for spectators.

Play will commence from 10.00 am on all three days and be a round robin style tournament.

The winner will play the leading team from the Southern NSW Pool in the deciding match on 25 November at Bradman Oval in Bowral. A full copy of the draw can be found online at https://bit.ly/1OiFrYm

The Central Northern team will start their campaign against Central Coast on Friday at McCosker Oval. (Photo credit: Country Cricket NSW).

For further information contact:
Fiona Adams | Inverell Shire Council | PO Box 138 | Inverell NSW 2360 | (02) 6728 8288 | Fiona.Adams@inverell.nsw.gov.au

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