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Coby to captain NICC

Coby Cornish to play five matches in just seven days in first full week of October

Coby Cornish in action for Crossroads Hotel in the 2016-17 NDCA first grade 45-over grand final.

Narrabri boy Coby Cornish is going from strength to strength in the local, zone and state cricketing arenas.

After helping his 2016-17 side Crossroads Hotel to minor and major premiership wins in the 45-over format of Narrabri cricket, he secured a move to Tamworth District Cricket Association side Bective-East.

He was then named in the NSW under-19 squad later in the year.

Just last week the 18-year-old was selected in the Northern Inland Cricket Council side that will take on Hunter Valley on Saturday, October 8.

But not only was he picked as a player, he was selected to be the captain of the team.

It was a good sign for the wicketkeeper batsman, given that the game is a selection trial for the 2018 Central North under-18 squad.

Some more good news arrived for Cornish just before he was selected captain of the NICC team.

In what is shaping up to be the biggest week of his career, Cornish will play part in the NSW Under 19 State Challenge from October 3-5.

The NSW Under-19 State Challenge is a three-day tournament which will be played in Campbelltown.

It will see two NSW Metropolitan and two ACT/NSW Country sides compete against one another under the banner of the two Sydney Big Bash League sides, the Sydney Thunder and the Sydney Sixers.

Cornish was selected as a member of the ACT/NSW Country Sixers, alongside NSW-contracted player Jason Sangha, and fellow Central North representative Tom Scoble.

There are two Central North cricketers which will play in the ACT/NSW Country Thunder side.

One of those is Narrabri boy Ryan Meppem, who departed town on Sunday for Sydney, where he will play grade cricket in the 2017-18 season for Gordon District Cricket Club.