The next week will see a very busy time for Central Coast Representative players with the Central Coast sending away five teams to carnivals whilst another three players will be participating in the Australian Country Championships in Toowoomba.
Chris Archer (Northern Power) and Scott Burkinshaw (Lisarow Ourimbah) will be representing NSW Country at the men’s National Championships which commence on Friday. They will compete against Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia, Victoria and ACT in a series of 50 over and T20 matches with NSW Country the reigning champions in the T20 format. For Archer it will be the second consecutive year he has represented the state whilst for Burkinshaw it will his sixth appearance. In a further accolade for Burkinshaw, he has been selected in the Australian Country side that will play in an exhibition match against the Queensland Masters team which includes a number of former first class players as well as test players Andy Bichel and Michael Kasprowicz.
Joining Archer and Burkinshaw in Toowoomba will be Wyong’s pace bowler Tiegan Kavanagh who will be representing NSW Country in the Women’s National Championships. It is the fourth time that Kavanagh has pulled on the Bush Blues cap with her campaign commencing on Sunday with T20 matches against Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia and East Asia Pacific.
Next Tuesday will see the commencement of the prestigious McDonalds Country Cricket NSW Bradman and Kookaburra Cup championships in Albury.
These competitions are the most prestigious in NSW Country for Under 16’s (Bradman Cup) and Under 14’s (Kookaburra Cup) and will be contested by the eight (8) NSW Country Zones.
The Central Coast have had an excellent record in these championships having won the Bradman Cup for the past two years and the Kookaburra Cup last year and will enter this years championships confident of further success. The Championships run for four days and consist of three limited over matches and two T20 matches. Teams are attached.
In addition to this the Central Coast will also be sending teams to the annual January carnivals with the Under 11’s travelling to Newcastle, the Under 12’s to Lismore and the Under 13’s will make the trip to Ballina.