NSW Indigenous captain Nathan Price has also been named to lead the NSW Country squad that will play in next year’s Toyota Australian Country Cricket Championships.
Price is part of a 14-man squad which will represent the Bush Blues in Geraldton, Western Australia, from the 5 to 13 January.
He is one of four players from Newcastle, which beat Central Coast in the McDonald’s NSW Country Champions final played at Bowral’s Bradman Oval last Sunday.
There are also three Central Coast players in the squad along with three from ACT Southern, and one from Western Zone, Riverina, North Coast and Central Northern.
The squad includes two former NSW Blues players, Newcastle fast bowler Burt Cockley and Central Coast allrounder Simon Keen.
Other important players for the Bush Blues include:
- Scott Burkinshaw, a powerful, raw boned fast bowler from the Central Coast who has been selected in the Australian Country Merit Team following previous carnivals
- Cameron Suidgeest, a skiddy fast bowler from ACT Southern
- Caleb Ziebell, a giant, multi-talented allrounder who also plays first grade rugby league with Cudgen
The Bush Blues are the defending 50-over champions but were beaten by Queensland for the overall title when the Twenty20 component of the tournament was added. It was the first time that Twenty20 cricket had been played in the Toyota Australian Country Cricket Championships.
NSW Country claimed back to back titles in 2011-12 and 2012-13.
NSW Country squad
Nathan Price (c) Newcastle
Scott Burkinshaw Central Coast
Burt Cockley Newcastle
Tom Engelbrecht ACT Southern
Ryan Fenning Central Coast
Simon Keen Central Coast
Nick Foster Newcastle
Tom Groth Central Northern
Ben Mitchell ACT Southern
Jordan Moran Western
Jonathan Nicoll Riverina
Joe Price Newcastle
Cameron Suidgeest ACT Southern
Caleb Ziebell Nth Coastal
Coach – Jeff Cook Central Northern
Ass Coach Manager – Robbie Jackson Riverina
Physio – Llew Scott Illawarra
Scorer – David Redden Newcastle