A rock solid peformance
NORTHERN Rivers Rock has earned the right to play at the Sydney Cricket Ground next month after its win against Macquarie Coast in the Cricket NSW Regional Big Bash Twenty20.
Four teams remain in the state-wide competition with the final to be played under lights at the SCG on December 11.
Pottsville wicket keeper-batsman Adam Rogers top-scored with 62 not out while Tintenbar-East Ballina batsman Abe Crawford was in blistering form scoring 53 runs off just 19 balls.
Northern Rivers chased down a target of 152 and still had six wickets to spare with four overs remaining in the win against Macquarie Coast.
Crawford hit three sixes in one over alone and reached his half century by the sixth over at 0-61.
He has been the form player of the team after scoring 61 not out against Coffs Coast in the first round.
"That's what he can do and he got us off to a great start again,” coach Phil Melville said.
"It's not the biggest ground in the world (Port Macquarie) and we were pretty confident with the run chase.
"We lost Luke Hamilton and Caleb Ziebell in quick succession, so there was a few nervous moments.
"Jamie Wilson came out and batted through to the end and Adam Rogers was outstanding in his innings.
"The depth we have with our batting was never going to let us down.
"It's a pretty strong team considering we still had Sam Adams and Ryan McCLoy to bat.
Captain Justin Moore is heading overseas for a wedding next month and will miss the finals.
However, NSW Country all-rounder Andrew Lindsay is likely to be available for selection after overcoming a shoulder injury.
Northern Rivers has fielded a strong side this year with the major drawcard being a chance to play at the SCG.
"It's new territory for everyone and we're all pretty excited,” Melville said. "I know a lot of these guys have been trying to get a game at the SCG for years and they have that opportunity now.