Josh Cormick launches a ball over the bowler’s head for Northern Rivers.
Josh Cormick launches a ball over the bowler’s head for Northern Rivers.

Zone cricketers aim to follow in footsteps of Test opener

DOES this page of pics include a photo of the next Phil Hughes?

Open school boys from four regional zones are vying for selection, and the chance to follow in Hughes's footsteps, in a North Coast representative cricket side to play in Penrith next year.

The left-handed opener was born in Macksville, played in this carnival as a schoolboy, and later went on to play Test cricket for Australia.

The players, from the Far North Coast, Richmond, Mid North Coast and Lower North Coast regions, will continue to try to impress selectors at South Grafton's McKittrick Park and J J Lawrence fields today.

Yesterday the boys from the Far North Coast and Lower North Coast did battle on McKittrick Park, while Richmond and the Mid North Coast played at J J Lawrence.

The winners of those two matches will play against each other today.

"It is not so much about the result of the matches, it is more a selection trial for the North Coast team," convenor Sean Lowrey said.

"Between all the managers of the four sides we will pick a team to go down and play in the New South Wales state titles in Penrith next February.

"From that carnival they will pick two Combined High School sides to represent New South Wales."

The sticky wickets which haunted local grade batsmen over the weekend continued to play havoc for the visitors, with low-scoring matches and good bowling figures the order of the day.

But the organisers are just hoping to get a full two days of cricket in.

"If we do get through the couple of days play it will be the first time in 14 years we've not been disrupted by rain," Lowrey said.

"The boys had a good day (yesterday) and hopefully we will enjoy (today) just as much."



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