WESTERN Zone has gained only two places in the NSW Country team despite winning the final in Orange on Sunday.
Orange opening bat Trent Colley and Parkes all-rounder Pat Rosser are in the side that will play in the Australian Country Championships at Bundaberg on January 3 to 15.
Colley was in the side last season but was a late withdrawal with the arrival of a new baby. Dubbo players Tim Cox and Declan Hoare, and Rosser, were part of the Bush Blues side that won the national championship.
On Sunday in the Country final against Central Coast, Tim Cox returned from injury to take 4-24 while Hoare carried the drinks. A tough two-week carnival in Bundaberg was obviously too big of an ask for Cox while Hoare has struggled in club and rep cricket this season.
The side contains no fewer than six new faces in Cameron Belshaw, Josh Bennett, Mitchell Coombs, Trent Colley, Brett Davies and Blair Lindsay, which combined with the existing experienced players bodes well in NSW Country's attempt to retain the Championship Shield.
- NSW Country team: Graeme Batty (capt Illawarra), Cameron Belshaw (Southern), Josh Bennett (Newcastle), Mitchell Coombs (Central Coast), Trent Colley (Western), Pat Darwen (Newcastle), Brett Davies (Riverina), Tom Groth (wkt) (Central Northern), Tim Laws (Illawarra), Blair Lindsay (Central Coast), Andrew Maher (Newcastle), Simon Moore (Newcastle), Pat Rosser (Western). Glenn Rowlands (coach, Central Coast), Ron Hancock (manager, Newcastle), Matt Whalan (physio, Illawarra).