AS the countdown to Coffs Harbour's ING Cup game continues, the Coffs Coast Advocate will profile a number of the players from each side who will be participating.
Matthew Nicholson NSW Speedblitz Blues
A CONSISTENT performer who developed a knack of taking wickets to break threatening partnerships last season.
Took 43 wickets from ten Pura Cup matches at 20.25. Averaged a wicket every seven overs at under three runs per over.
His reputation as a match winner was underlined with a fighting 5 for 60 from 23 overs in the second innings of the Pura Cup final.
The lion-hearted effort got lost a little in the thrilling end to the match but wasn't forgotten by his team-mates or coaching staff.
Often defied injuries to bowl key spells for his team. Played for Australia in the 1998 Boxing Day Test against England at the MCG and would do a good job again if higher honours come his way.
A genuine competitor who is also a very handy late order batsman.
Date of birth: 2-10-74.
Player number: 17.
Playing style: RHB, RF.
Most admired player: Greg Mail.
Career highlight: Pura Cup win for NSW in 2004/5.
Most annoying habit of a fellow player?: Stuart Clark.
Last book I read: Every Second Counts.
Next rising star?: Beau Casson.
What song would you sing in Australian Idol?: A Bob Dylan song.
Any game aay superstitions?: No.
Favourite cricket ground?: SCG.
ING Cup shirt number: Nine.
Date of birth: 18-8-83.
Club: Richmond Cricket Club.
First class debut: 2000-2001.
Career highlight: Pura Cup final.
If you weren't a cricketer what would you be?: A golfer.
Most annoying teammate: Nick Jewell.
Three people you would like to invite to dinner: Greg Norman, Robbie Williams, Jennifer Hawkins.
Favourite football team: None.
Favourite karaoke song: Can't sing.
Favourite holiday spot: Narooma.
Cricket star of the future: Robbie Cassell.
Most courageous thing you've ever done: Sky diving.