Andrews leads Coffs XI
COFFS Harbour District Cricket Association (CHDCA) has named the team to take on the Australian Cricketers' Association (ACA) Masters in the Twenty20 blockbuster on Friday, October 21, at BCU International Stadium.
Sawtell's Ben Andrews will captain the team, which will not only contain some of the brightest young male stars to emerge on local fields in recent times, but also a female talent of exceptional promise.
Jenny Taffs has made her mark as a member the Australian Indoor Cricket team at age level, has been blooded in first grade with Bellingen and is currently playing with the New South Wales Emerging Breakers.
CHDCA president Ken Robinson said the selectors had a difficult job but he was confident the local team would match it with an ACA Masters outfit brimming with international experience.
"It's an exciting line-up of players, who will relish the chance to take on some of the big names of the ACA Masters," he said.
"We've got some very talented young players and others with more experience, and they'll be well led by skipper Ben Andrews from Sawtell Cricket Club."
Coffs Harbour Mayor Cr Keith Rhoades will bowl the ceremonial first ball of the ACA Masters' innings.
The ACA Masters will arrive in Coffs Harbour on Thursday, October 20, and will be the key attractions at a Sportsman's night that evening, where fans can meet the cricket legends.
The excitement of the main Twenty20 match will begin under lights at 7pm the following evening.
Skipper Ben Andrews expressed his pride at being chosen to lead the elite team but warned the younger players there was no need to be spooked by the reputations of many of the visitors.
"Once you get out there it's just one cricketer against another," he said.
"With a couple of the older ones I'm too young to know them at their top but blokes like Matthew Elliott are still recent enough to cause a few problems.
"And Ryan Campbell might put a few big hits away if you don't watch him."
Andrews praised the selection of Taffs, who ironically is one of his students at Bishop Druitt College, and two of the younger brigade.
"I really like the way young Zach Symons from Colts plays the game and, of course, Trent Dierick is already an established rep player," he said.
"This will be a great experience. It will be a good, fun game and I am very pleased to have been chosen as captain."
CHDCA 1st XI
Ben Andrews (Sawtell) capt.
Alex Byrne (Diggers Ex-Services)
Joe Willman (Diggers Ex-Services)
Simon Donald (Coffs Tigers)
Trent Statham (PBBC Colts)
Jenny Taffs (Northern Districts)
Trent Dierick (Diggers Ex-Services)
Zach Symons (PBBC Colts)
David Angus (Sawtell)
Trent Mitchell (Sawtell)
James Bellamy (Diggers Ex-Services)
Matt Francis (PBBC Colts)