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Wyong's Harrison Townsend has been selected in the ACT/NSW Country team to compete at the National Under 17's Championships which will be held in Mackay, QLD from 30 September 2019 - 10 October 2019.

The squad was selected following the completion of the Cricket NSW Under 17's State Challenge which was held in Coffs Harbour last week.

It will the second time the 16 year old left arm spinner has played at the championships having been a member of the successful ACT/NSW Country side last year.

Townsend will not be the only Central Coast player at the Championships as Terrigal Matcham paceman Nick Toohey will represent a Cricket Australia XI.

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A titanic clash of North vs South will launch the Central Coast Cricket Association (CCCA) Representative Season at Adcock Park on Sunday, 29 September 2019.

The T20 extravaganza will see a selection of players for the Northern Clubs (i.e Lisarow Ourimbah, Wyong, The Entrance, Northern Power & Warnervale) to battle with a side made up from the Southern Clubs (i.e. Southern Spirit, Brisbane Water, Narara Wyoming, Kincumber Avoca and Terrigal Matcham) in Opens, Women’s and Colts.

The winner of the most matches will be awarded the CCCA North vs South Challenge Trophy.

The matches will be an ideal selection trials and warm up matches in the lead up to the Plan B Regional Bash competitions which will be held on the Central Coast on 13 and 20 October. The Central Coast are the reigning champions in the men’s state wide competition whilst the women will looking for a strong showing in inaugural Women’s competition.

The teams for the matches will be selected in early September.

The Launch will be the commencement of a hectic representative program which will see the Central Coast field teams in Country Cricket NSW competitions at Opens, Colts, Under 18’s Girls, Bradman Cup (U16 Boys), Under 15 Girls, and Kookaburra Cup (Under 14’s boys) as well as the Men’s and Women’s Plan B Regional Bash competitions.

In addition to this, the Central Coast will also be fielding teams in the newly formed Cricket NSW Youth Championships from U12 – U16 boys whilst the U13 & U15 girls will play in the newly formed Greater Hunter Girls Representative competitions.

To top off a busy program, the CCCA will sending sides from U11 through to U15 to Carnivals to be played in January at Ballina, Lismore, Newcastle and the Hunter Valley.

CCCA Conference Administrator, Garry Burkinshaw is confident of a another strong representative showing in 2019/20.

“We have been very successful over the past two seasons taking home the Hogg/Silver trophy as the leading Zone in Country Cricket NSW for the past two seasons and we believe that we will once again be competitive in all competitions we play in”. Burkinshaw said.

“We have a couple of new competitions we will be competing in this year which is very exciting and will give additional players the opportunity to show their wares against representative sides from other areas”

“To kick it off though is the North vs South Challenge which is also exciting and will no doubt generate plenty of rivalry. We hope that this will be start of great tradition and we have plans to expand the concept further next year once the Cricket pitches are available at Tuggerah Sporting Complex” Burkinshaw added.

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