NSW batsman Ben Rohrer spent his day off from the Festival of Cricket brushing up on his golfing skills at the Lismore course yesterday.
NSW batsman Ben Rohrer spent his day off from the Festival of Cricket brushing up on his golfing skills at the Lismore course yesterday.

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HE HAS a golf handicap of about 12, but NSW left-hander Ben Rohrer has been averaging much better than that with the bat during Lismore’s Festival of Cricket.

Rohrer, who won The Northern Star player of the carnival award, has been dismissed only once during the tournament and will be looking to continue that great form in the final Twenty20 match against Victoria at Oakes Oval tonight.

The 28-year-old spent yesterday fine-tuning his swing during a golf day at the Lismore course.

“I’ve played golf since I was 16 or 17 and I’m down to about a 12 handicap, which is not too bad, but I’d like to get down to single figures one day, I just don’t play enough,” Rohrer said.

“It’s always been cricket and soccer first for me, until my cricket took precedence when I got to 17 or 18.

“It seems to have been the right way to go.”

 For a batsman like Rohrer it’s all about spending more time in the middle and trying to cement a permanent spot in a star-studded NSW batting line-up that also includes Phil Hughes, Simon Katich, Michael Clarke, Dave Warner and Brad Haddin.

 But he’s been dismissed only once in a week of cricket in Lismore and made 48 not out in the Twenty20 loss to Tasmania on Sunday night.

 “I’ve been hitting the ball really nicely. I’ve been working on a few things in the off-season which seem to have come along really well for me,” he said.

Rohrer, who began his first-class career with a bang with a century on debut against Tasmania in 2006-07, has been included in the NSW Champions League Twenty20 team for the tournament in India starting on Thursday week.

“The buzz around the boys here and in the other State teams has been fantastic and I’m certain there is going to be the same sort of buzz in India, but there is still one game to go,” Rohrer said.

“We’ve been steadily building over the week, we’ve been improving every game and I’m expecting to play really well on Tuesday night.

“The Vics might have sent some of their big guns home, but we’ll definitely be out there probably with one our strongest sides on the field.”

That remains to be seen, as NSW’s stocks have been depleted by injuries to wicketkeeper Daniel Smith and speedster Aaron Bird, and Doug Bollinger being called into the Australian one-day team in South Africa.

“It’s been a bit of a matching session in the past couple of days with the boys going away, but we have some good young fast bowlers here,” Rohrer said.

“Mitchell Starc and Simon Keen have bowled really well this week, so we have that back-up.”

Victoria will also rest star batsman Brad Hodge from the Twenty20 game tonight after he was given an early mark to return to Melbourne and prepare for the Champions League in India.

The game at Oakes Oval begins at 5.30pm.


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