Lani Ryan makes Country Championships cricket squad

Cowra Bowling Club's second grade captain and wicket-keeper, Alana Ryan, will be part of the NSW Bush Breakers cricket squad at the 2019 Australian Country Championships.
Cowra Bowling Club's second grade captain and wicket-keeper, Alana Ryan, will be part of the NSW Bush Breakers cricket squad at the 2019 Australian Country Championships.

Cowra cricketer Lani Ryan has been selected in a 14-person squad to compete in the Australian Country Championships, due to be played next year.

Ryan, who is currently captaining the Cowra Bowling Club’s second-grade side while competing in women’s cricket on Sundays, will travel with the NSW Bush Breakers, and aim to push to for selection in their final XI. 

Ryan is one of two playing representatives of the team to come from the state’s Western zone, the other being McKenzie Carr. 

Along with four other players, they will be debuting for the state. 

Members of the Bush Breakers team are drawn from across regional NSW, including the Northern Coast and Central North, who have the most representatives in the team this year.

Carolyn Sheehan, also of the West, is the assistant coach and team manager for the tournament, while Newcastle’s Neil McDonald will coach the side. 

Port Macquarie’s Kate Jackson, who captained at last year’s tournament, will reprise her duties for this year’s edition of the event. 

The Bush Breakers competed strongly at last year’s championships, making semi-finals before being bundled out by South Australia Country, who went on to win the tournament against Queensland’s regional side.  

The 2019 Australian Country Championships will take place in Shepparton, Victoria throughout early January. 

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