Kershler answers the call for Regional Bash finals
FORMER NSW spin bowler Anthony Kershler will take the reins as captain when Northern Rivers play the finals of the Cricket NSW Regional Twenty Bash at the SCG next week.
He takes over from Ballina and NSW Country representative Justin Moore who has gone overseas for a wedding.
Kershler, 48, brings plenty of experience to the side and has been taking plenty of wickets in his first season with defending premiers Cudgen in Far North Coast LJ Hooker League.
He played seven Sheffield Shield matches and three one-dayers for New SouthWales in the mid-1990s.
He was a prolific wicket-taker for Hawkesbury in Sydney grade cricket and also claimed 18 first-class wickets for the Blues at the reasonable average of 34 with his left-arm orthodox spin.
He should be comfortable in the captain role with six of the 13 players named coming from his Cudgen side.
Top-order batsman Tait Burns has been rewarded for his recent run of good form with a spot in the team while Alstonville all-rounder Terry Murphy has also be recalled after he missed the second round win against Macquarie Stingers.
Damaging batsman Abe Crawford has been the form player for Northern Rivers in both games and could be the difference if they are to get past Newcastle.
A win there would see them play the final under lights with both games live streamed at www.cricketnsw.com.au.
Team: Anthony Kershler (captain), Steve Robb (vice-captain), Caleb Ziebell, Connor Ziebell, Jamie Wilson, Tait Burns, James Julius, Adam Rogers, Ryan McCloy, Sam Adams, Abe Crawford, Luke Hamilton, Terry Murphy, Toby Hodern (assitant coach), Phil Melville (coach).