Cricket: Newcastle all-rounder Joseph Price in contention for Australian Country XI despite NSW missing national title

Joseph Price

Joseph Price

Newcastle all-rounder Joseph Price has put himself in the mix for a maiden Australian Country XI cap despite the Bush Blues crashing out of contention for the overall title.

The 35-year-old NSW Country representative has 15 wickets at an average of 13 across 10 games at the Australian Country Championships in Geraldton.  

He’s third for wicket takers at the carnival and sits second with 277 runs, including 64 from 30 balls chasing down the host’s 9-213 inside 25 overs on Friday.

The Bush Blues, who round out proceedings against South Australia on Saturday, avoided a fourth straight 50-over loss after claiming the T20 crown undefeated during the first half of the tournament. 

The national merit team will be named at Saturday night’s presentation, which features seven-time Newcastle player of the year Mark Curry being inducted into the Australian Country Championship hall of fame. 

Meanwhile, Novocastrian Jason Sangha will lead Australia in Sunday’s Under-19 World Cup opener against India in New Zealand after Thursday’s warm-up match was washed out.