BLITZ ATTACK: New South Wales paceman Gurinder Sandhu will be looking to run through the South Australia batting when play gets under way in Coffs Harbour today.
BLITZ ATTACK: New South Wales paceman Gurinder Sandhu will be looking to run through the South Australia batting when play gets under way in Coffs Harbour today. MATT ROBERTS

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SHEFFIELD SHIELD: New South Wales Blues' paceman Gurinder Sandhu is possibly the most confident player in Australian domestic cricket and when he lines up for his state at C.ex International Stadium in Coffs Harbour today it will be no different as he chases a ten-fer.

"I would like to get all 10 of their wickets," Sandhu said. "Whenever you bowl you just try and get the batsman out.

"I could take two wickets and help the team win or I could take five and help the team win - as long as the team is winning, that is the most important thing."

The Blues will hope Sandhu's predictions come true as it is a must-win contest for the Blues to keep their finals hopes alive.

"It's third plays fourth so it is a pretty important clash for our side," Sandhu said. "Both teams need a win. [South Australia] have a few young guys playing.

"It is a bit of a different SA squad than usual so it will be an interesting contest.

"[The competition] is really tight. In an ideal world we would probably have liked to have won our last couple of draws but we need to refocus on what is coming up now."

For Sandhu, this Shield match will be his third time playing cricket in Coffs Harbour, including a NSW Futures League match earlier this year.

"I had not seen a lot of the North Coast before coming up here to play cricket," Sandhu said. "It is a pretty nice place, I get the feeling that it is nice and relaxed and so are the people."

Sandhu said despite his dreams of playing a Sheffield Shield final on the hallowed turf at the SCG, if they cannot use the facility then Coffs Harbour would be a good secondary option.

"Coffs wouldn't be the worst place to play at all," he said.

"I like bringing cricket to the regional centres - as long as the grounds and facilities are up to standard then I think it is a great idea."



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