Young talent will get its chance
FOUR emerging players in Far North Coast LJ Hooker League cricket have been in the mix to play representative cricket at the NSW Country Championships this year.
North Coast must include one Under-23 player for the Country Championships while two Under-21 players need to be in the Northern Rivers Rock Twenty20 team.
Marist Brothers duo Kaleb Auld and Lachlan Barnsley have been in the selection frame along with Cudgen all-rounder Connor Ziebell and Lennox Head opening batsman Angus Callan.
Auld and Barnsley were set to play in the Regional Big Bash Twenty competition with Northern Rivers before it was washed out last month.
Ziebell was to have joined his older brother for the NSW Country Champion- ships at Inverell tomorrow but work committments have hindered his progress in both formats.
Barnsley has been named in the team to face Western Zone tomorrow in the first 50-over game at the carnival.
"The opportunity is there for these young guys to make a name for themselves and get noticed,” captain Tim Welsford said.
"These are the sort of guys you want to bring into the team and we've had a few options there.”
Lennox Head all-rounder Andrew Lindsay is also in the side along with Cudgen's James Julius, Anthony Kershler, Pat Rosser and Caleb Ziebell.
The rest of the team includes players from the Clarence and Mid North Coast with FNC's Sam Adams, Justin Moore, Ryan McCloy and Adam Rogers not making the trip from last year.
"There is plenty of talent on the Far North Coast and in the past that's where most of our players have come from,” Welsford said.
"This year we wanted to include the best players from Coffs Harbour, Grafton and Port Macquarie who might not have had this sort of exposure before.”
North Coast will play Newcastle on Saturday with the winner of the carnival going on to play the winner of the southern pool at Bradman Oval in Bowral on November 26.