The best NSW male and female cricketers from the Sydney Thunder and Sydney Sixers will visit regional centres right across NSW next week.
The annual Cricket NSW Country Blitz will see 30 players divided among 15 regions next Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, 6, 7 and 8 August, with school visits a priority.
Eleven of the players have represented Australia including Alyssa Healy, Steve O’Keefe, Peter Nevill, Rene Farrell, Nicola Carey and Naomi Stalenberg.
There are also some of the state’s most exciting young players including Australian Under 19 captain Jason Sangha.
Cricket NSW General Manager of Community Cricket, Ivan Spyrdz, said that regional and country NSW had always been a vital part of the NSW cricket family.
“The Cricket NSW Country Blitz is an annual event that we all love being part of. Players from the Sixers, Thunder, Blues and Breakers are all involved and it’s a great thrill for us, and for those cricket communities we get to visit," Sprydz said.
“Many of Australia’s finest players are from regional NSW and the Country Blitz is just one way to ensure we keep inspiring the next generation of fine cricketers from the country.
“With much of NSW experiencing drought and hardship, we hope the Country Blitz and the players can provide some joy to those communities by spending time with them, talking and playing cricket.
“The Country Blitz is the first official program of the season for Cricket NSW in what is shaping to be a massive summer of cricket.
“With a brand new Woolworths Cricket Blast program underway, new junior cricket formats implemented across NSW, an extended BBL season and a new broadcast partner, there will be plenty of cricket being played and watched during the summer."