Northern Inland Bolters: side vying for Sydney Sixers Conference playoff spot

KEY: How Michael Rixon performs with the bat could be key to the Bolters chances in Coffs Harbour this weekend.
KEY: How Michael Rixon performs with the bat could be key to the Bolters chances in Coffs Harbour this weekend.

Northern Inland Bolters captain Tom Groth is confident he has the batting firepower at his disposal to cause carnage when the final place in the Plan B Regional Bash finals is decided at Coffs Harbour this weekend.

The Bolters play the Macquarie Coast Stingers on Saturday and the Coffs Coast Chargers and the Northern Rivers Rock on Sunday.

Groth – this week named NSW Country wicket-keeper – likes the look of his squad.

“We’ve probably got blokes across the whole lineup who can have a good day,” he said.

“Obviously T20 comes down to a couple of guys having a day out with the bat and putting in a good collective performances with the ball.

“I think the fielding will be important.”

Groth singled out “big guns” Simon Norvill, Michael Rixon and Lachlan Cameron for special mention.

“They probably hold the key to our batting,” he said.

“If one of those three guys gets going we could get a good total. They’re all damaging players.”

The leading team this weekend will contest the Sydney Sixers Conference playoff during a big finals day at the SCG on Sunday week.

Newcastle has already qualified as the other Sixers Conference finalist, while the Wagga Wagga Sloggers and Orana Outlaws will meet in the Thunder Conference final.

The winner of the Sixers and Thunder conference finals will then play off under lights at the SCG for the Plan B Regional Bash title.

Northern Rivers Rock won the Sixers Conference last season before losing to the Orana Outlaws in the final, while the Bolters made the final in the first season of the competition three years ago.

The Stingers and the Chargers are yet to win a game in the tournament but the new round-robin format means they will both have three matches this weekend to break their duck.

Northern Rivers Rock have a strong lineup highlighted by powerful allrounder Caleb Ziebell, who has also been named in the NSW Country team.