Cricket NSW presented 14 talented young players from across NSW with Basil Sellers Scholarships during a ceremony held last night at the SCG.

The Basil Sellers Scholarship Program is an initiative of businessman, philanthropist and Cricket NSW Life Member Basil Sellers AM.

The scholarship provides valuable financial assistance to players aged between 16 and 19, helping to off-set a range of costs associated with a player’s development including travelling to practice and matches, as well support for education and vocational training.

Players are nominated for scholarships by coaches from the Cricket NSW High Performance Department.

This year’s round of scholarships is the tenth since the program was first developed in the 2005/16 season, a year that included the likes of Usman Khawaja and Phillip Hughes.

Sellers last night announced a change to the program from this year onwards, with all scholars to receive two years of financial support, a move backed by the Scholarship’s commercial partner Kookaburra.

The players receiving Basil Sellers Scholarships in 2016/17 are (clubs/regions in brackets):

Jordan Gauci (Hawkesbury)

Matthew Gilkes (ACT-Southern)

Ryan Hackney (Penrith)

Ryan Hadley (Blacktown)

Mikayla Hinkley (Penrith)

Carly Leeson (North Coastal)

Lewin Maladay (University of NSW/North Coastal)

Jason Sangha (Randwick-Petersham/Hunter)

Thomas Sowden (Bankstown)

Rachel Trenaman (Riverina)

Hannah Trethewy (Campbelltown-Camden)

Param Uppal (Fairfield-Liverpool)

Austin Waugh (Sutherland)

Tahlia Wilson (Illawarra)

Full biographies of each scholarship recipient are included at the end of this story.

The Basil Sellers Scholarship program was launched in 2006 with graduates including current Australian captain Steve Smith and Test players Josh Hazlewood, Mitch Starc, Pat Cummins, Alyssa Healy and Ellyse Perry.

Cricket NSW Chairman John Warn acknowledged Basil Sellers’ contribution to State Cricket over the past decade and beyond.

‘Basil’s contribution has allowed some of the state’s most exciting young cricketers to concentrate on pursuing an elite cricket career while reducing the burden on families,” said Mr Warn

“This has included the cost of travelling to and from training, relocating from regional areas to Sydney and assisting with the cost of secondary or tertiary education.

“Basil’s assistance has helped us to ensure that at Cricket NSW we remain wholly inclusive of players from right around NSW, regardless of where they come from.

“This is highlighted by the fact that of the 18 Scholars who have played international cricket, seven of them come from rural and regional NSW.”

As part of their scholarship, players without equipment sponsorships received a full cricket kit thanks to the generosity of Kookaburra Sports.

BASIL SELLERS SCHOLARS 2016/17

Jordan Gauci

Playing Style: Right Hand Bat

Club: Hawkesbury Club

Representative Honours: NSW Metro U/19, Australian U/19

A high order batsman, Jordan acquitted himself very well in his full first year in First Grade cricket in 2015/16 with Campbelltown Camden, scoring 352 runs @ 31.22, including a first grade debut hundred against North Sydney.

Jordan was an integral member of the NSW Metro Under 19 side that successfully defended their National Under 19 title in 2015/16 in Adelaide, playing crucial innings in both the semi- final and the final to finish the Carnival with 291 runs at 41.53.

Jordan was a member of Australian Under 19 team which toured the UK in 2015.

A technically correct player with a fine temperament and the ability to bat for long periods, he is an excellent fielder in any position

Jordan was a Basil Sellers Scholarship recipient in 2015/16

 

Matthew Gilkes

Playing Style: Left Hand Bat, wicket-keeper

Region: NSW South Coast

Representative honours: ACT/NSW Country U/17, ACT/NSW Country U/19

Matthew is a 17 year-old left handed opening batter from Ulla Dulla on the NSW South Coast, and is also an accomplished wicket-keeper

In 2015/16 Matthew represented ACT/NSW Country at both the Under 17 and Under 19 National Carnivals.

Although not making any big scores at either Carnival, Matthew enhanced his reputation as a high order batsman with his range of shots and ability to move the game forward. His wicket-keeping is also very good, displaying safe hands and excellent athleticism.

Currently playing his cricket in Canberra, Matthew but will be looking to re locate to Sydney in the near future to further his game.

Matthew was a Basil Sellers Scholarship recipient in 2015/16

 

Ryan Hackney

Playing Style: Left Hand Bat

Club: Penrith

Representative honours: NSW Metro U/17, CA XI U/19

Ryan is a 17yo left hand opening batsman from the Penrith Club who made his first Grade debut in 2015/16.

Ryan had an outstanding National Under 17 Championships in 2015/16 for NSW Metro scoring 485 runs at an average of 80.82, including three centuries, with the highlight being 112 in the final against Queensland.

These performances earned Ryan the prestigious Player of the Championships Award and gained him selection in the CA X1 which took part in the 2015 /16 National Under 19 Carnival

A traditional left handed opening batsman, Ryan has an excellent temperament and a fine array of shots off front and back foot. Ryan’s fantastic attitude and work ethic has seen him continue to expand and improve all aspects of his cricket throughout the winter.

 

Ryan Hadley

Playing Style: Right arm Fast-Medium

Club: Blacktown

Representative honours: NSW Metro U/17, CA XI U/19

Ryan is a 17-year-old right arm fast bowler from the Blacktown Club who made his first Grade debut in 2015/16

He was the spearhead of the attack for the NSW Metro team at the 2015/16 National Under 17 Carnival, picking up several crucial early wickets with genuine pace and late swing.

Ryan’s efforts in the Under 17 Championships were rewarded with selection for the CA X1 team to play in the National Under 19 Championships.

He again performed exceptionally well at the Under 19 Championships, picking up 10 wickets at 20.50, including 4/31 against Tasmania.

Ryan is a very exciting fast bowling prospect. A genuine wicket taker and an aggressive competitor, Ryan has a strong action and the ability to generate pace and bounce out of any surface.

 

 

Mikayla Hinkley

Playing Style: Right Hand Bat

Club: Penrith

Representative Honours: NSW Metro U/18

Mikayla was a member of the Sydney Thunder in the Rebel Women's Big Bash League. The Sydney Thunder finished the inaugural winners of the tournament, with Mikayla playing in over half the squad’s matches.

Representing NSW Metro in the 2015 Cricket Australia U18 National Championships, Mikayla finished with 183 runs with a highest score of 57. She was rightfully rewarded with selection in the Cricket Australia U18 Development Squad.

A current member of the NSW Women’s High Performance Academy, Mikayla will be pushing to make her senior debut with the NSW Breakers this season.

Mikayla has successfully combined her busy cricket schedule with her studies. A year 12 student, she has also undertaken an internship with Cricket NSW in Game Development.

 

Carly Leeson

Playing Style: Right Hand Bat, Medium Pace

Region: Maclean

Representative Honours: ACT/NSW Country U/18, Australian Shooting Stars

Carly is one of NSW’s rising stars, and is a focused and dedicated young player. She is an exciting top order batter with a free flowing game, who can also change the game with her right arm medium pace. Carly is building a reputation as an excellent fielder, with her safe hands and powerful throwing arm.

Carly’s achievements over the last 12 months have put her in good stead for a promising future.  As a key member of the ACT/NSW Country Under 18 team that placed second in the National Championships, Carly was rewarded with Australian development squad selection.  She is one of the youngest players to gain selection in Australia’s Shooting Stars and toured Sri Lanka with the squad in 2015.

Carly has also been selected in the NSW Women’s High Performance Academy and the Sydney Sixers squad for WBBL02.

She is currently completing her year 12 studies and hopes to move to Sydney and start a degree at a Sydney university in 2017.

 

Lewin Maladay

Playing Style: Wicket-keeper/batsman

Club: University

Representative honours: ACT/NSW Country U/19, NSW 2nd XI

Lewin is an 18-year-old wicket-keeper/batsman who hails from Bangalow on the NSW Far North Coast.

He relocated to Sydney and made his First Grade debut with University of NSW in 2015/16 after averaging over 50 with the bat in Second Grade.

Lewin was a member of ACT/NSW Country Under 19 Team that finished runner up to NSW Metro in 2015/16 National Championships in Adelaide, playing several important innings with the bat and keeping wickets with his usual tidiness and energy.

He represented the NSW second X1 in a One Day Match against New Zealand Provincial side Canterbury NZ in March 2016

Lewin is an excellent gloveman both standing up or back who possesses an outstanding work ethic. He is a busy, inventive batsman who scores his runs quickly.

Lewin was a Basil Sellers Scholarship recipient in 2015/16

 

Jason Sangha

Playing Style: Right hand bat

Club: Randwick Petersham Club

Representative honours: NSW U/15, CA XI U/17, CA XI U/19, Australian U/19s

Jason is a 17-year-old right handed batsman from Newcastle currently playing First Grade for the Randwick Petersham Club.

He has enjoyed an amazing past 12 months. From representing the NSW Under 15 team in June 2015, Jason has progressed through the pathway incredibly quickly.

After excellent performances for the CA X1 at both the Under 17 and Under 19 Championships, where he averaged over 40 for both Carnivals, Jason gained selection in the Australian Under 19 team to tour the United Arab Emirates in January 2016. He continued his outstanding summer with a century against Pakistan.

In February 2016, Jason became the youngest NSW player in over 90 years to be selected for a NSW Second X1 team when he played for the NSW Futures League team against ACT.

A wonderful talent with an excellent work ethic, Jason has since been awarded a NSW Rookie Contract for 2016/17.

 

Thomas Sowden

Playing Style: Right Hand Bat, Leg-spinner

Club: Bankstown

Representative Honours: NSW U/15, CA XI U/17, Australian U/16

Thomas is a 16 year-old allrounder from the Bankstown Club.

He made made his First Grade debut for Bankstown as a 15yo during 2015/16, and in doing so became the first player born this century to play First Grade cricket.

From his performances in the successful NSW team from the National Under 15 Carnival in Darwin during June 2015, Thomas was selected to represent the newly formed CA X1 team that played in the National Under 17 Championships.

Thomas performed outstandingly well in the Championships scoring 373 runs at 53.28, including 149 against Victorian Metro.

He was also a member of the Australian Under 16 team that played the One Day series against Pakistan in Bowral in November 2016, again performing strongly with a match winning innings of 91 in Round 3.

Thomas is a fine prospect. A stylish right handed batsman who always looks to move the game forward and a natural leg spinner who can generate turn from most surfaces.

 

Rachel Trenaman 

Playing Style: Leg-spin, Right Hand Bat

Region: Riverina

Representative honours: ACT/NSW Country U/18

Hailing from Kooringal in the Riverina, Rachel is one of the brightest young prospects in the women’s game.

She is an exciting spin bowler with the ability to turn the ball with control, and an attacking middle-order bat.

At the age of 14, Trenaman was a standout performer for ACT/NSW Country at the 2015 Under National Female Championships. Competing against athletes three years her senior, Trenaman did not hold back against her older opponents and scored 200 runs at an average of 28, while also picking up five wickets.

At the end of the tournament, where ACT/NSW Country finished third, Trenaman defied her age to be named in the under 18 development squad.

She travels to Brisbane in September to attend the National Centre of Excellence as part of her selection in the squad. Trenaman is also a member NSW Women’s High Performance Academy and regularly travels to Sydney for training and matches.

As well as her athletic pursuits, Rachel excels as a student and completes a number of her subjects at an accelerated level.

 

Hannah Trethewy

Playing Style: Wicket-keeper

Club: Camden-Campbelltown

Representative Honours: NSW Metro U/18

Hannah is a talented young wicket-keeper who has earnt a reputation for her excellent glove work and leadership attributes.

A key member of the NSW Under 18 Metro team, Hannah was rewarded with selection in the Cricket Australia Under 18 development squad.  She was also one of the youngest players to tour Sri Lanka in 2015 on a NSW development tour and showed maturity beyond her years both on and off the field. Hannah is rightly regarded as potential future captain of the NSW Lendlease Breakers.

A current member of the NSW Women’s High Performance Academy, Hannah combines her sporting commitments with excellent results in her studies. She has shown talent in public speaking and debating and is an excellent role model for her teammates with her commitment to education.

 

Param Uppal

Playing Style: Right Hand Bat, Off-Spinner

Club: Fairfield-Liverpool

Representative Honours: NSW Metro U/17, Northern Territory U/19

Param is a 17-year-old high order right hand batman and off-spin bowler from the Fairfield- Liverpool Club who made his First Grade debut during 2015/16

He captained the NSW Metro Under 17 team that finished runner up to Queensland at the National Under 17 Championships in Brisbane, impressing many with his allround ability and leadership skills.

As part of an arrangement Cricket NSW has with Northern Territory cricket, Param represented NT at the 2015/16 National Under 19 Carnival in Adelaide. He was their stand out player scoring 328 runs at an average of 41.00

Param is an effortless timer of the ball with a fine array of shots all around the ground. His off spin bowling continues to develop, and is delivered with excellent control and subtle variations.

An excellent fielder in any position, Param has recently spent time at the National Cricket Centre in Brisbane.

 

Austin Waugh

Playing Style: Right Hand Bat, Medium Pace

Club: Sutherland

Representative honours: NSW U/15, CA XI U/17, Australian U/16

Austin is a 16-year-old allrounder from the Sutherland Club

From his performances in the successful NSW team from the National Under 15 Carnival in Darwin in June 2015, Austin was selected to represent the newly formed CA X1 team that played in the National Under 17 Championships.

Austin was also a member of the Australian Under 16 team that played the One Day series against Pakistan in Bowral in November 2016, contributing strongly with both bat and ball.

He had an outstanding AW Green campaign for Sutherland in 2015/16 scoring 139 runs at 46.33 and taking 13 wickets at 8.15.

Austin is a very exciting all round package, a very busy and inventive middle order batsman and a clever and accurate medium pace bowler with excellent variety. He is a brilliant fielder in any position.

 

Tahlia Wilson

Playing Style: Right Hand Bat, Wicket-keeper

Region: Albion Park

Representative Honours: ACT/NSW Country U/18

Tahlia is an exciting young top order batter and a talented wicket-keeper. She has impressed all with her composure and tenacity over the past 18 months, and has been earmarked as a future NSW and Australian star.

A key member of the ACT/NSW Country team who finished third in the Under 18 National Championships, Tahlia was rewarded with selection in the Cricket Australia Under 18 development squad. She travels to Brisbane in September to attend the National Centre of Excellence as part of her selection.

A current member of the NSW Women’s High Performance Academy, Tahlia travels from the Illawarra region to Sydney regularly to play and train. She shows great commitment to her training and is well respected by both coaches and players alike.