An opening round blockbuster between Victoria and New South Wales at the Commonwealth Bank Australian Country Cricket Championships could well decide this year's winner with the arch-rivals to clash in Canberra from tomorrow.
Having last hoisted the trophy aloft in 2006-07, Victoria faces the defending champions in a two-day match during the opening round and is well aware that a victory could set it on the path to further glory.
Since its inception in the 1984-85, the Australian Country Cricket Carnival has produced Test cricketers Andy Bichel, Michael Bevan and Shaun Tait and a handful of national one-day players and first-class representatives including Victoria’s Shane Harwood.
“Obviously NSW and Queensland will be tough to beat, but I think we’ve got the mix of talent and experience to be very competitive,” Victoria Country coach Jason Mathers told The Weekly Times on the eve of the tournament.
The multi-format tournament sees Victoria face South Australia in a one-day fixture in round two before another two-day match against Queensland.
Victoria rounds out its campaign with a one-day game against Western Australia before a Twenty20 against East Asia Pacific.
“We’ve assembled a strong squad,” Mathers said.
“Our bowlers are very strong this year…and we’ve selected a more varied attack which should do well.”
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