Cricket receives a huge boost

THE top grade of the Coffs Harbour District Cricket Association is set to receive a huge boost for the 2007-08 summer with the likelihood of two new teams being introduced into the competition.

For the past few seasons, A Grade in the CH&DCA has seen six teams battling it out for the Bill Amos Memorial Shield but all things going well should see that number increase to eight this summer.

The progression of the Woolgoolga-based Northern Districts to the top flight competition in the area has been on the cards for a while now and looks like becoming a reality in the coming months.

With the new turf wicket at High Street settled in, the Rebels now have the necessary facilities to host an A Grade fixture each week.

The second new entity that should take to the field when the first ball is bowled in early October is Dorrigo.

The club from the mountain made a tentative first entry into A Grade as part of a combined team with Bellingen but are now confident of being able to field two, possibly three teams, this year.

This information came to light at the association's Annual General Meeting, which was held on Monday night to call for the election of this year's office bearers.

Long-serving president Ken Robinson was re-elected to the top position after a close ballot.

Sawtell stalwart Arthur Smart also nominated for the position but Robinson was returned with a small majority.

Stephen Campbell was elected as vice-president of the association while Tony Mainey and Matt Rose will again take on the respective roles of secretary and treasurer.

It was also decided that the selection process for the representative teams this year will receive a slight overhaul.

Instead of the selection of the teams being left to only one or two individuals, this summer a selection panel of four has been selected.

Being close to Coffs Harbour's most decorated cricketer, Craig Haworth was a natural choice to be part of the quartet which also includes fellow veterans Chris Moran and Chris Barrington as well as Robinson as the chairman of selectors.

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