Gilbert swings into action for Coffs Harbour District
A COFFS Harbour representative cricket team will include Dorrigo's star all-rounder Justin Gilbert for the first time in almost a decade, when tomorrow's visit is made to Port Macquarie.
Coffs Harbour District play Hastings River at Wayne Richards Park in a round of the SCG Country Cup from 10am, and the new-look side is tipped as the best in years.
"It was decided to really make an effort to put the best possible team on the bus and be really professional in our approach," manager Matt Rose said.
"Every player selected is in form and we're very honoured that Justin Gilbert made himself available after so long away from rep cricket.
"Justin does a great job on the executive, with Dorrigo club and his growing business.
"He's still a player who can turn a game single-handed and somebody you'd like on your side in a crisis.
"Dorrigo has no club game this weekend and Justin's been off the field for a couple of weeks, so I think he's going to enjoy getting stuck in."
Skipper Craig Haworth was a century-maker at club level last weekend and Ricky Welsh and Jack Ireland made half centuries in the inter-district meeting with Nambucca Valley on November 2.
A full club round will also be played today, after the break for the New South Wales Country Colts carnival.
The grand final replay between premier club Sawtell and Plantation Diggers takes place at Fitzroy Oval, and last start winner Urunga hosts Park Beach Bowling Club Colts at Brelsford Park.
Both are 45-over contests.
Craig Haworth (c)
Russell Gardner (vc)
Matt Rose (manager)