A file shot of Casino batsman Sam Irvine. Irvine scored 45 not out for NSW Country yesterday against quality opposition in Sydn
A file shot of Casino batsman Sam Irvine. Irvine scored 45 not out for NSW Country yesterday against quality opposition in Sydn

Sam in fine form for championship

By Steve Spinks sport@northernstar.com.au CASINO Cavaliers batsman Sam Irvine showed he could be a force at the Australian Country Cricket Championship next month with an impressive 45 not out against a Sydney XI at Coogee Oval in Sydney yesterday.

Irvine batted at No 3 for NSW Country in the trial match and was well on his way to a half-century when rain halted play.

NSW Country were 4-97 chasing Sydney's 260 in the 50-overs-a-side match.

"It was a pretty decent hit-out against some really strong bowlers," Irvine said.

"All of the players were Sydney first-graders and some were contracted NSW players.

"It was great to have a hit and be able to compete with them."

It was NSW Country's first hit-out together following the NSW Country Championships held at Dubbo last month, which was won by North Coast.

While the bush boys acquitted themselves reasonably well against quality opposition, not all is well in the Country camp.

Opening bowler Michael Hogan was a late injury withdrawal and is in some doubt, while fellow opener Daniel Magin was unavailable because he is playing for NSW in the Australian Under-19 carnival in Hobart.

Magin has taken a swag of wickets and is some hope of gaining selection in the Australian Under-19 team, which would mean he is unavailable for the Australian Country Championship in Mackay from January 6 to 18.

Irvine will play for the Casino Cavaliers this Saturday in their LJ Hooker League one-day match against Lismore Workers before heading north to Mackay.



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