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The Central Coast Rush will commence the defence of their Plan B Regional Bash title when they host Hunter Hitmen in Round 1 of the 2019/20 competition at Sohier Park on Sunday at 10am.

In a highlight for cricket not only on the Central Coast but also statewide the inaugural NSW Women’s Regional Bash which will see the Central Coast Rush take on the Newcastle Blasters also at Sohier Park commencing at 2pm.

Both competitions are T20 competitions contested by sides across NSW Country and Regional centres as well as ACT. The men play three round robin pool matches whilst the women’s matches are knockouts. For the men the winner of the pool matches proceed through to the final to be played at the SCG whilst for the women if they can defeat Newcastle Blasters on Sunday they will progress through to the finals which also will be played at the SCG. Both finals days will be held in January.

The women’s team have been preparing well under coach John Rainger and have a mixture of youth and experience and also players who have come up through the junior ranks and others who have commenced or re-commenced playing following the introduction of the successful CCCA Women’s T20 competition.

Tiegan Kavanagh will captain the side and will be a key player and by virtue of playing 2nd Garde cricket for Wyong and 1st Grade Premier Women’s cricket in Sydney will not be overawed by the occasion. Sophie Shelley will be another key player with the ball whilst Jacinta Crawford was a standout with both bat and ball at the North vs South match recently.

The batting will be led by Ella Merritt whose unorthodox style is very effective having been a prolific run scorer at local level. Bec Callan and Crystal Osborn are others who score heavily locally whilst youngsters Grace Dignam has excelled at junior representative level.

The women are excited about the challenge ahead and thank the NSW Government for their support of this competition.

The men’s team will look to defend their title when they take on the Hunter Hitman.

The departure of last years captain Peter Gallichan means that Chris Archer will take over the reins of a side that will be boosted by the return from Newcastle of Brendan Charlton, Ryan Fenning and Dylan Robertson.

Last years Player of the Competition, Adam Taylor will again be a key whether it be his dynamic batting at the of the order or his left arm spin which has achieved plenty of success over the years.

Ben Cohen, Player of last years final,  will be another expected to lead the way with the bat along with Steve McCabe who scored a majestic 77 in last season semi-final at the SCG.

The Hunter Hitmen are a solid side and the Rush will need to be at their best to beat them.

Hopefully a big crowd will be in attendance to sport both the men and women.

Men

Chris Archer ©

Northern Power

Brendan Charlton

Northern Power

Ben Cohen

Lisarow Ourimbah

Tony Cornwell

Warnervale

Kaleb Daley

Wyong

Ryan Fenning

Lisarow Ourimbah

Jack Heuston

Kincumber Avoca

Blair Lindsay

Lisarow Ourimbah

Steve McCabe

Kincumber Avoca

Hayden Murphy

Wyong

Dylan Robertson

Kincumber Avoca

Adam Taylor

The Entrance

Harry Woodhead

Kincumber Avoca

Garry Burkinshaw

Coach

Bob Archer

Team Manager

Women (two to be omitted)

Tiegan Kavanagh ©

Wyong

Rebecca Callan

Northern Power

Jacquelyn Chandler

Warnervale

Jacinta Crawford

Warnervale

Rochelle Davis

Wyong

Grace Dignam

Terrigal Matcham

Jess Holmes

Warnervale

Shannon Liddle

Wyong

Laura Mercer

Kincumber Avoca

Ella Merritt

Terrigal Matcham

Sally Oman

Southern Spirit

Crystal Osborne

Northern Power

Dehann Richardson

Terrigal Matcham

Sophie Shelley

Brisbane Water

Ebony Wright

Southern Spirit

John Rainger

Coach

Veronica Brown

Manager

Sharon Anderson

Manager