Country stars ready to shine

January 6, 2014
Country stars ready to shine

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.”

For more information on the Australian Country Cricket Championships, click here.

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