Plan B Regional Bash starts Saturday
Date of Event Plan B Regional Bash: Fri Oct 5, 2018 12:24PM
NSW Blues batsman Nick Larkin, from Taree, previews this weekend’s Port Macquarie Pool

NSW Blues batsman Nick Larkin, from Taree, previews this weekend’s Port Macquarie Pool of the Plan B Regional Bash.

One of NSW country sport’s most imposing players, Caleb Ziebell, shapes as the headline act in this weekend’s opening round of the Plan B Regional Bash.

A dynamic allrounder, Ziebell will represent Northern Rivers Rock in the Port Macquarie Pool of matches which will also include the Northern Inland Bolters, Coffs Coast Chargers and Macquarie Coast Stingers.

A hard-hitting batsman and opening bowler, Ziebell blasted an unbeaten 128 from just 64 balls during last year’s Plan B Regional Bash as part of a 220-run partnership with Justin Moore, who made 96 in 48 balls.

Ziebell followed that up in January with an equally stunning hundred for NSW Country, 110 not out in 60 balls, ensuring the Bush Blues claimed the Toyota Australian Country Twenty20 title in Geraldton, Western Australia.

Earlier this week Caleb Ziebell was named the Country Rugby League Player of the Year.

The Cudgen Hornets front rower received the award for his dominant performances in the victorious Northern Rivers U23 Country Championship side.

The Rock’s first match will be on Saturday afternoon against Macquarie Coast Stingers at Wayne Richards Oval.

The Stingers have regained wicketkeeper-batsman Darren Bourke after a stint with Western Suburbs in McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket.

They also have promising young batsman Callan McKiernan, 20, who has come through the Cricket NSW elite underage Pathway. The Kempsey local represented ACT/NSW Country U19s.

The other Saturday afternoon match between the Bolters and Chargers also features some talented sportsmen.

Bonville Golf Resort professional Richie Gallichan will turn out for the Chargers as an allrounder, batting in the top order and bowling off-spin.

The Chargers also have a promising youngster, Alec Baldwin, 18, who has represented ACT/NSW Country Under 19s.

The Bolters rising star is Adam McGuirk, who plundered an unbeaten century as his Central North Navy side defeated North Coast Green in the Northern NSW Pathways Challenge. He made 110 not out in 68 balls.

With him in the Bolters team will be two Country NSW representatives, veteran wicketkeeper Tom Groth and fast bowler Tom O’Neill.

NSW Blues batsman Nick Larkin said the Plan B Regional Bash was “hugely Important” for country cricket.
“I think it’s a fantastic opportunity for players in the country to show off what they’ve got,” Larkin said.

“There’s some fantastic talent out there in the country as our system would attest to.

“As a boy from Taree I’d just like to wish the boys from the Macquarie Coast Stingers all the best.

“Some of my favourite memories of cricket are playing on the Mid North Coast of NSW.”

Larkin said there were fewer transport options in the country, which made it more important to have a Plan B for anyone who wanted to have a few drinks at any of the Regional Bash matches.

“Whether that’s your mum picking you up, or your girlfriend or boyfriend or your best mate, or just grab a cab.
“There are too many people who die on country roads in NSW.”

In other matches, the Newcastle Pool will begin on Sunday with the Central Coast Rush playing the Hunter Hitmen at Bill Sohier Park.

The match between the Newcastle Blasters and Lake Mac Attack has been postponed.

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Last updated: Friday October 5, 2018 12:24PM
Author: Luke Murphy