GHS big guns aim up
By TIM HOWARD
GRAFTON High School will be looking to the senior cricket experience of its leading players when it clashes with Lismore High in the regional final of the Davidson Shield competition today.
Team coach Aaron Robins said the team has a solid nucleus of players with plenty of experience in the Bananacoast Community Credit Union Premier League or CRCA competitions.
"One of our main strengths is fast bowling, with Rohan Hackett and Bryce Speechley opening the bowling," Robins said.
"In batting our main strengths are the Purser brothers Brendan and Daniel and Simon Lewis.
"And in the last game we played Josh Duff, our spinner, took 5/16."
The Pursers, Hackett and Lewis all play premier league with Westlawn and Speechley has been in excellent touch in Westlawn's second grade.
Robins said the team has won four games to reach the zone final and victory over Lismore will put the team into the last 16 in the State.
"We've beaten Toormina, Bellingen, South Grafton and Macksville to reach this game," he said.
"I guess Lismore has won the same number of games."
The game, at JJ Lawrence Field, South Grafton, will be 40 overs a side, starting at 10am.
MELBOURNE. ? Most of Australia's Test cricketers will get only one first-class hitout in the lead-up to next year's Ashes series against England due to a glut of one-day requirements.
In a scheduling glitch akin to having marathon runners training with sprint races, most of Australia's Test team is set to spend the build-up to the Ashes in the green and gold instead of planning the best way to handle the swing of England's Andrew Flintoff and Simon Jones and win back the urn.
The Champions Trophy one-day tournament in India, a lead-up series before that, and the possible scheduling of the Chappell-Hadlee series against New Zealand will dominate the start of the 2006-07 season for Australia's elite players.
The five Ashes Tests are likely to be scheduled in a six-week block from late November to the first week of January, with three Tests to be played before Christmas (Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide), one starting on Boxing Day (Melbourne) and the last starting on January 2 in Sydney.