Phil Emery to captain Ballina team in Twenty20 challenge
BALLINA has named its team to take on Tweed in the Twenty20 Country Challenge invitational as part of the Baggy Blues cricket visit next week.
Former Australian and NSW players will join both teams with Shane Lee to captain Tweed.
The game will be the culmination of three days of coaching clinics and the Baggy Blues legends dinner at Murwillumbah on Tuesday night with former Australian fast bowlers Jeff Thomson and Len Pascoe the guest speakers.
Ballina will have a decent side for the Wednesday game at Rabjones Oval including NSW Country all-rounder Andrew Lindsay.
They will be captained by former Australian and NSW wicketkeeper Phil Emery and coached by Pascoe and Paul Everingham.
The team also includes some of the best Far North Coast players who have moved on in recent years including Tobyn Burvill, Isaac Fisher and Nathanael Scott.
Tweed will be coached by Steve Rixon with each side having an English county player in their ranks.
The match is a throwback to Country Cup games from the 1970s and ’80s with Keith Wyatt the driving force behind getting the game to Murwillumbah.
Organisers hope it will become an annual event, with Ballina to host the clash next year.
“Keith has been pushing for this for a while and it’s great the NSW guys have come on board,” Everingham said.
“We’ve picked the Ballina side based on the best players in the local competition over the past couple of years as well as younger guys who have gone through the (Far North Coast) academy.
“Fingers crossed people come out to the game and help us promote country cricket.”
There are still spots available for the junior coaching clinics on Monday and Tuesday from 9am to 4pm.
Anyone interested should phone Steve Twohill on 0412 084105.
The dinner will be held at The Haven restaurant in Murwillumbah on Tuesday night.
More information at http:murwillumbahcc.nsw.cricket.com.au.
The Twenty20 game starts at 4pm with spectators to be asked for a gold coin donation.
BALLINA TEAM: Phil Emery (c), Andrew Lindsay, Sam Adams, Tobyn Burvill, James Everingham, Nathan Hoey, Isaac Fisher, Nathanael Scott, Terry Murphy, Abe Crawford and Tom Kohler-Cadmore