Cricket NSW Country Blitz: Sydney Sixers Ben Dwarshuis, Jack Edwards to run clinic with Nelson Bay juniors

Ben Dwarshuis reacts after bowling out Marcus Harris of the Renegades during the Big Bash League match between the Melbourne Renegades and the Sydney Sixers in Geelong in January 2018. Picture: AAP Image/Mal Fairclough

Ben Dwarshuis reacts after bowling out Marcus Harris of the Renegades during the Big Bash League match between the Melbourne Renegades and the Sydney Sixers in Geelong in January 2018. Picture: AAP Image/Mal Fairclough

Sydney Sixers’ Ben Dwarshuis and Jack Edwards will visit Port Stephens on Monday as part of the annual statewide country cricket blitz involving the state’s best male and female players.

As part of the Country Blitz, Big Bash League players Dwarshuis and Edwards will take part in a clinic with Nelson Bay Junior Cricket Club at Tomaree Sports Complex on Monday afternoon.

“The Cricket NSW Country Blitz is an annual event that we all love being part of,” Ivan Spyrdz, Cricket NSW general manager of community cricket, said.

“Players from the Sixers, Thunder, Blues and Breakers are all involved and it’s a great thrill for us, and for those cricket communities we get to visit.”

Country Blitz will see 31 players attend cricket clinics in 15 regions across the state between August 6 and 8.

All-rounder Dwarshuis and Edwards plus fellow Sydney Sixers Lauren Cheatle and Daniel Hughes are the players picked to tour Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and Port Stephens.

Eleven of the players who are part of the blitz this year have represented Australia including Steve O’Keefe, Peter Nevill, Moises Henriques, Rene Farrell, Nicola Carey and Naomi Stalenberg.

There are also some of the state’s most exciting young players including Australian under-19 captain Jason Sangha taking part in the blitz.

Sydney Sixers all rounder Ben Dwarshuis.

Sydney Sixers all rounder Ben Dwarshuis.

“Many of Australia’s finest players are from regional NSW and the Country Blitz is just one way to ensure we keep inspiring the next generation of fine cricketers from the country,” Spyrdz said.

“With much of NSW experiencing drought and hardship, we hope the Country Blitz and the players can provide some joy to those communities by spending some time with them, talking and playing cricket.”

“The Country Blitz is the first official program for Cricket NSW in what is shaping to be a massive summer of cricket.

“With a brand new Woolworths Cricket Blast program underway, new junior cricket formats implemented across NSW, an extended BBL season and a new broadcast partner, there will be plenty of cricket being played and watched during the summer.”

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