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Basil Sellers Scholarship Program

The Basil Sellers Scholarship Program is made possible by the generosity of philanthropist and former NSW Cricket Director, Basil Sellers.

The Basil Sellers Scholarship program welcomed 10 promising young cricketers for the first time in 2018/19 continuing a rich tradition of finding elite cricketing talent in New South Wales.

Thanks to the continuing magnanimous support and philanthropy of former Cricket NSW Director, Basil Sellers AM, the program entered its 13th year last season.

Fourteen players were inducted into the prestigious program, with four receiving their second scholarship.

The scholarship is awarded to promising male and female cricketers from across the state, aged between 16 and 19.

This cohort of scholars took the total number inducted since 2006/07 to 118.

Eighteen male and female cricketers have gone on to represent Australia in the Test, One-Day or T20 arenas, including the most recent Australian Test debutant, top order batsman Kurtis Patterson.

The program supports scholars and their families with education, training, employment and social skills, particularly those rural and regional cricketers who may need to adjust to a city lifestyle.

2018/19 Basil Sellers Scholarship Holders

Isabelle Afaras

Allrounder

Northern District

Aiden Bariol

Wicketkeeper-batter

Sutherland

Dharmini Chauhan

Allrounder

Campbelltown-Camden

Oliver Davies

Batter

Manly-Warringah

Maddy Darke

Wicketkeeper-batter

Universities

Joel Foster

Allrounder

Manly-Warringah

Lachlan Hearne

Batter

Mosman

Emma Hughes

Fast bowler

Dubbo

Brock Larance

Allrounder

Dubbo

Phoebe Litchfield

Batter

Orange

Liam Marshall

Fast bowler

Bankstown

Dominic O'Shannessy

Fast bowler

Bowral

Abbey Taylor

Off-spin bowler

Northern District

Austin Waugh

Allrounder

Sutherland

Through the ongoing and generous support of Kookaburra Sport, each scholar is offered a two-year cricket equipment sponsorship.

The 18 scholars to have represented Australia at the highest levels include:


  • Sean Abbott
  • Nicola Carey
  • Lauren Cheatle
  • Patrick Cummins
  • Ashleigh Gardner
  • Josh Hazlewood
  • Alyssa Healy
  • Phillip Hughes
  • Usman Khawaja
  • Nic Maddinson
  • Erin Osborne
  • Kurtis Patterson
  • Ellyse Perry
  • Gurinder Sandhu
  • Steven Smith
  • Naomi Stalenberg
  • Mitchell Starc
  • Adam Zampa

Other graduates of the program include former England Test opening batsman, Sam Robson, South Australian batsman Tom Cooper and former Blues paceman Timm Van der Gugten, who both represented the Netherlands at International level.

Highlights

  • Three of the 14 scholars in 2018/19 received their first New South Wales contract for next season. Those players include Breakers Phoebe Litchfield, 16, Maddy Darke, 18, and Blues rookie Ollie Davies, 18.
  • Davies entered his name into the record books during the 2018/19 Cricket Australia Under 19 Male National Championships. The NSW Metro captain became the first batsman to score a one-day double century (207 from 115 balls) in championship history. It included a tournament record 17 sixes; six in one over. The Sydney Sixers also signed him as a development rookie during the season.
  • Davies, batsman Lachlan Hearne, 18, and fast bowler Liam Marshall, 18, toured Sri Lanka in early January representing the Australian Under 19 team.
  • Darke was the second leading run-scorer in Women’s Premier Cricket last season. The Universities wicketkeeper-batter made 414 limited-overs runs at an average of 82.8 at the top of the order. She trailed previous Basil Sellers Scholar Tahlia Wilson by 57 runs.
  • At just 15, Litchfield was selected for the Governor-General’s XI against New Zealand in late February after a prodigious season with the bat. The first-time scholar topped the run-scorers at the Under 18 Female National Championships with 348 runs at 43.5. She also made her first century in Premier Cricket opening the batting for Parramatta.