Big Bash's Eden connection 

Reece Wheeler and Tyrone Thomas will represent Eden in tomorrow’s Bendigo Bank Big Bash, but they won’t be alone. 

The talented Eden duo will form part of the Southern Sixers to play at George Griffin Oval, Bega, in the region’s biggest Twenty20 match of the year, with the team announcements being made yesterday. 

Both players are known around the Bega Valley as two of the competition’s most potent fast bowlers.

Their reputation is handy, as they will not only be facing off against the best players from around the region, but also ACT Comets all-rounder Vele Dukoski. 

However, in a shock announcement the Southern Sixers will not only be joined by Prime Ministers XI coach and former international one-day player Mark Higgs, but also Comets star batsman Michael Spaseski (see story right). 

Wheeler, who captains the Eden A grade team, and Thomas one of it’s strongest wicket takers, will join players from Pambula, Wolumla, Merimbula and Monaro. 

Meanwhile, the Northern Thunder comprises players from Bega/Angledale, Tathra and South Eurobodalla. 

The roster for the two squads reads more like a dream-team line-up than an actual playing squad, but it is the genuine article and will prove to be a stunning display of cricket tomorrow. 

The Southern Sixers will be led by Merimbula A grade captain Jeremy Fernando, while Tathra’s Ben O’Reilly will lead the Northern Thunder on to the field. 

The duo from Eden will no doubt be confident going in to the match as both bowlers played a large part in securing Eden’s Twenty20 title ploughing through Tathra’s wickets for only 70 runs at Kameruka recently.

Team rosters:

Northern Thunder: Adam Blacka, Ben O’Reilly, Lachlan Gordon, Rob Stevenson, Andrew Dedman, Robbie Ringland, Kel Evans, Sam Hodder, Wayne Dunham, Matt Corbett, Michael Filmer-Smith and Vele Dukoski. 

Southern Sixers: Dylan Jordan, Luke Ryan, Jeremy Fernando, Mac Wright, Brendon Gordon, Shane Garrett, Tyrone Thomas, Reece Wheeler, Matt Devereux, Ross Oldham, Mark Higgs and Michael Spaseski. 

• Tyrone Thomas prepares to bowl while Dylan Wheeler checks field positions in Eden’s dominant win over Tathra recently.

• Tyrone Thomas prepares to bowl while Dylan Wheeler checks field positions in Eden’s dominant win over Tathra recently.


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