South Tamworth skipper Tom Groth has again been recognised as the premier gloveman in Country NSW.
The keeper was on Monday named in the Bush Blues side to play in the CBA Australian Country Championships in Wollongong from January 3–11.
The side was finalised following Sunday’s McDonald’s Country Championship final where Western zone secured their third title in five years with a seven wicket win over Central Coast.
Batting first, Central Coast could only muster 133 with Lachlan Bell (48) and Kaine Harmsworth (25) the best. Tim Berry took 4-18 from 10 for Western, who then cruised to victory with Jordan Moran making 57 at the top of the order and skipper Nick Berry remaining unbeaten on 43.
Central Coast progressed through to the final as the winners of the Northern Carnival where Groth led Central North.
He has been a staple of the Bush Blues side since returning to the region and will be part of a side featuring six new caps.