Orange’s McKenzie Carr and Cowra’s Alana Ryan will make their Bush Breakers debuts at next year’s Toyota Australian Country Championships, after being named in the NSW Country squad this week.
Carr and Ryan are two six debutants named in the 14-strong NSW Country squad to head to Shepparton in January, as the Bush Breakers look to improve on last summer’s campaign, they were beaten by South Australia in the 2017-18 semi-finals.
Carr, a former Kinross star, is plying her trade for Universities in Sydney’s McDonald’s Premier Cricket Competition and has enjoyed a steady start to the summer with the ball having taken five wickets at 22.8 across the top grade and Twenty20 competitions.
Riverina’s Claire Murray, Greater Illawarra’s Joanne Kelly and Central Northern’s Claire Murray and Jackie Vickery are the other four debutants.
Kelly’s selection comes on the back of her stunning season last summer, in which she led St George-Sutherland’s premier cricket run-scoring stakes, banging out 742 at 43.6.
The Bush Breakers will once again be skippered by Port Macquarie all-rounder Kate Jackson, with fellow North Coastal all-rounder Naomi McDonald once again included and expected to play a vital role.
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She was named in the Australian Country Merit XII after last summer’s championship, where she was the Bush Breakers’ best with the bat, scoring 165 runs at 41.25.
The Women’s Division of the Toyota Australian Country Championships starts on January 5 at Shepparton. Western Zone’s Carolyn Sheehan is also making the trip as assistant coach.
- NSW COUNTRY: Kate Jackson ©, Jessica Marks, Naomi McDonald, Melissa Norup (North Coastal), Sophie Heath, Joanne Kelly (Greater Illawarra), McKenzie Carr, Alana Ryan (Western), Tiegan Kavanagh (Central Coast), Claire Lennon, Synetta Manns, Kirsten Smith, Jackie Vickery (Central Northern), Claire Murray (Riverina)
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