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

Team Officials  

Coach – Jeff Cook           Central Northern

Ass Coach Manager – Robbie Jackson      Riverina

Physio – Llew Scott         Illawarra

Scorer – David Redden   Newcastle