Hughes next big thing

THE player tagged the ‘next big thing’ in Australian cricket is coming back to where his awesome batting talents were first noticed.

It’s been a heady ride for Macksville-born Phillip Hughes, going from a 12-year-old protégé already good enough for first grade with his local team, to a premiership winner with Sawtell when barely into his teens ... to star opening batsman with the SpeedBlitz Blues.

In the latest poll on the Blues website, ‘Boofa’ Hughes has received 43.5 per cent of the vote as to who will next wear the baggy green.

Hughes has been booked to accompany New South Wales skipper Dominic Thornely to Coffs Harbour on Wednesday, December 10, when the pair will pass on specialist advice to aspiring batsmen at a seminar to be held at the PCYC.

Cricket NSW in conjunction with Coffs Harbour District Cricket Association will present the 90-minute seminar, open to coaches and any batsman aged 13 years and over.

Thornely and Hughes will be discussing areas such as batting technique, concentration, building an innings, qualities of successful batsmen and batting in one day and Twenty20 cricket.

Cost is $20 for accredited coaches and students and $30 for all others.

Enrolments can be made by visiting and following the prompts.

Yesterday, Hughes was again plying his trade at the Sydney Cricket Ground against Queensland Bulls, hoping to elevate his State off the bottom of the Ford Ranger Cup ladder.

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