Coffs Coast ready to charge into T20 action

Coffs Coast Chargers all-rounder Ben McMahon looks on in despair after missing a caught and bowled opportunity during the 2018-19 Plan B Regional Bash semi-final against Central Coast Rush at the Sydney Cricket Ground on 6th February, 2019. Photo: Benjamin Churcher/Cricket NSW.
Coffs Coast Chargers all-rounder Ben McMahon looks on in despair after missing a caught and bowled opportunity during the 2018-19 Plan B Regional Bash semi-final against Central Coast Rush at the Sydney Cricket Ground on 6th February, 2019. Photo: Benjamin Churcher/Cricket NSW.

THE Coffs Coast Chargers have released their squad for the opening fixture of the 2020/21 Plan B Regional Bash in Port Macquarie this Sunday.

The Chargers have reached the semi-finals at the Sydney Cricket Ground the past two years, but come up against a Northern Rivers Rock side who tasted finals action on the hallowed turf the two years previous, including runners up in 2016-17.

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One too many reverse slogs proved opening batsman Luke Cox's downfall after hitting 43 for Coffs Coast Chargers in their 2018-19 semi-final loss to Central Coast Rush at the Sydney Cricket Ground on 6th February, 2019. Photo: Benjamin Churcher/Cricket NSW
One too many reverse slogs proved opening batsman Luke Cox's downfall after hitting 43 for Coffs Coast Chargers in their 2018-19 semi-final loss to Central Coast Rush at the Sydney Cricket Ground on 6th February, 2019. Photo: Benjamin Churcher/Cricket NSW

The winner of the 10am clash at Wayne Richards Park will shift to Oxley Oval for a 2pm date with the winner of Macquarie Coast Stingers and Newcastle Blasters for a place in the finals to be played at the SCG on a date yet to be finalised by Cricket NSW.

Captain Richie Gallichan comes into the side with an ideal form line, unbeaten in successful run chases for all three of Sawtell's twenty20 victories to open the North Coast Premier League on the weekend.

 

Brothers Cricket Club new recruit Eli Fahey, pictured batting for Coutts/Coffs Colts in the North Coast Premier League, is the only Grafton-based player to be selected to represent Coffs Coast Chargers.
Brothers Cricket Club new recruit Eli Fahey, pictured batting for Coutts/Coffs Colts in the North Coast Premier League, is the only Grafton-based player to be selected to represent Coffs Coast Chargers.

 

Gallichan said the restructure of the competition draw to include three twenty20 fixtures at the start of the season provided an important opportunity for the zone's best players to brush up on the shorter format ahead of the representative tournament.

"The twenty20s at the start was an excellent concept and it makes perfect sense because the we have got to go away to Port Macquarie next weekend," Gallichan said.

COFFS COAST CHARGERS: Richie Gallichan (c), Luke Cox, Cal McKiernan, Ben McMahon, Alex Baldwin, Trent Mitchell, Peter Gallichan, Eli Fahey, Ian Slapp, Tyh Murphy, Hayden McMahon, Blake Austin, Jack Horseman.

Naomi McDonald during a big innings for the Coffs Coast Chargers to beat the Newcastle Blasters in the Sixers Conference final at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Tuesday, January 21.
Naomi McDonald during a big innings for the Coffs Coast Chargers to beat the Newcastle Blasters in the Sixers Conference final at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Tuesday, January 21.

The NSW Women's Regional Bash also gets underway this weekend with Coffs Coast Chargers the defending premiers and taking on Newcastle Blsters in their opening round at Wayne Richards Park on Saturday.

Last season the Chargers easily accounted for the Blasters in the semi-finals and went on to win the inaugural title in grand style, beating the ACT Aces in the grand final.

The Coffs Coast Chargers celebrate a win against ACT Aces in the final during the Women's Plan B Regional Bash at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Tuesday, January 22, 2020.
The Coffs Coast Chargers celebrate a win against ACT Aces in the final during the Women's Plan B Regional Bash at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Tuesday, January 22, 2020.


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