The South Coast Crew and Newcastle Blasters are the first teams to progress in the second edition of the Plan B Regional Bash after the opening round of matches on Sunday (October 9).

South Coast cruised to victory securing a nine-wicket win over the ACT Aces in Nowra, while in Maitland the Newcastle Blasters were pushed to the final ball of  the match by the Hunter Hitmen.

Andrew Twyford emerged as one of the keys to South Coast’s success in this year’s Regional Bash.

Twyford bowled one of the most damaging spells seen in the Plan B Regional Bash, taking 5-7 from his four overs.

Supported by Trevor Thomason’s 3-14 and Matthew Pike’s 2-6, the ACT Aces were all out for just 93.

The hard task of defending 93 was made all the more difficult for the Aces, with Bankstown First Grade pair Philip Wells and Kerrod White opening for the South Coast.

Wells had an uncharacteristic quiet day, falling to Tom Engelbrecht for 33.

The Aces were unable to trouble White however, with the Sydney Thunder Academy batsman unbeaten on 42 as he and Kieran Gray (12no) chased the target in 9.2 overs to book a spot in the second round of the Thunder Conference.

Newcastle, one of the dominant forces of the Plan B Regional Bash, could have seen an early exit if not for the batting of Nathan Price.

Price (53) was the stand out for the Blasters, and the only batsman to pass 20 as Newcastle posted 7-157 from 20 overs.

Matthew Trappel (2-33), Joshua Trappel (2-12), Nick Bower (2-24) and Lucas Sargent (1-32) were the wicket-takers for the Hitmen.

Hunter’s run chase started poorly when Cameron Eccles was out for 1.

Kirk Mullard (48) and Joshua Trappel (63) got things back on track, combining for a 83-run partnership.

Trappel helped put the Hitman in a position to take the win, needing 12 off the final over.

The Hitmen required two runs from the final ball of the match, with Greg Sheehan (16) run out to see Newcastle through to the second round of the Sixers Conference.

The Plan B Regional Bash continues this Sunday (October 16) with Sixers Conference teams the Central Coast Rush and Illawarra Flames playing off at Ourimbah’s Sohiers Park, while in the Thunder Conference the Orana Outlaws and Central West Wranglers meet at Dubbo’s Victoria Park.

For Plan B Regional Bash scores, statistics and fixtures visit http://www.regionalbash.com.au/