Northern Rivers ready to rock regional Big Bash
TWO players will come into the Northern Rivers Rock Twenty20 side to take on the Macquarie Coast Stingers in the Cricket NSW Regional Big Bash game this weekend.
Ballina all-rounder Sam Adams is back from a holiday in Japan while Tintenbar-East Ballina top-order batsman Luke Hamilton has been called up to replace Sam Irvine who is unavailable.
Lennox Head all-rounder Andrew Lindsay is still out with a shoulder injury while Alstonville's Terry Murphy has had to make way for the returning Adams.
"Sam is a great addition to the team and he is well suited to this type of cricket,” coach Phil Melville said.
"Terry was unlucky to miss out on selection and it was not an easy decision but we had to drop a bowler.
"We have guys like Caleb (Ziebell) and Justin (Moore) in form while Abe Crawford can do anything at the top with the bat.”
Crawford scored 61 not out while Moore was unbeaten on 43 when Northern Rivers cruised to an opening round win without losing a wicket against Coffs Coast.
The team also has a formidable combination of bowlers.
"We've got our spin twins with Anthony Kershler and Steve Robb,” Melville said.
"James Julius is a real toiler in the middle and Connor Ziebell does a great job opening the bowling.”
A win against the Stingers would see them advance to the final four and play at the Sydney Cricket Ground next month.
"Playing at the SCG is a great incentive and this team is definitely good enough to be there,” Melville said.
"To be one win away from that now is exciting for everyone involved.
"The T20 format has made it easier to have our best players available and competing for positions.
The game will be played at Port Macquarie on Sunday at 2pm.