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Basil Sellers Scholarship Program

Current Scholars


2020/21 Basil Sellers Scholarship Holders

JADE ALLEN

Playing Style: Leg-spinner, Right-hand bat

Zone: ACT/Southern Districts 

Jade is a leg-spin bowler and capable batter playing her junior cricket for Bermagui on the Far South Coast. Jade also plays Women’s Premier Cricket for the Universities club in Sydney.

Jade played two years in the Cricket Australia Under 15 team before progressing to the ACT/NSW Country U18 team as a 15-year-old last season, taking seven wickets in the 2019/20 National championships.

Her selection in the U19 Cricket Australia squad out of the National championships shows the support she has in cricket circles.

Jade made her first-grade debut with the Universities club in the Sydney Women’s Premier Cricket taking eight wickets in a handful games. She is looking forward to playing a large part of the Premier Cricket season in Sydney and we look forward to her continued development in 2020/21.

This is Jade’s second Basil Sellers Scholarship.

 

ALISHA BATES

Playing Style: Left-arm finger spinner, Left-hand bat

Zone: Central Coast

Alisha lives and plays her junior cricket in Lisarow on the states Central Coast. Alisha players for the Northern District club in the Sydney women’s premier league.

Alisha is a very good player in all areas of the game and was evidenced by her displays this season scoring over 492 runs and taking 34 wickets with eight catches and a run out. Her best bowling figures were 4-12 in the final of the National Under 18 T20 final in Hobart.

The Sydney Sixers contracted Alisha for the 2019/2020 season.

Concentrating on her HSC and training hard for the upcoming season Alisha is expected to continue her development of a top order batter and left-arm orthodox bowler. She is looking forward to one final year in pathway cricket representing the ACT/NSW Country again in the newly formed female Under 19 National Championships.

This is Alisha’s first Basil Sellers Scholarship.

 

JESSICA DAVIDSON  

Playing Style: Right-arm fast-medium, Right-hand bat

Zone: Central Northern

Jessica is a big hitting and mean fast bowler who was identified at a young age with the capabilities to interest Sydney clubs in the future. Two years ago, at 16, Jess played games in the Breakers Challenge and received very positive reviews.

A Tamworth junior, Jess’ home club is Bective-East Cricket Club where she plays First and Second Grade men’s cricket where her best figures were 1-5 off 5 overs.

Jess is a laid-back young girl who away from cricket plays the violin and studies at the Conservatorium of Music in Tamworth. A stark contrast to her aggressive style on the field.

During the 2019/20 Under 18 National Championships, Jess scored 168 runs and took 3 wickets with limited opportunities. Her best figures for ACT/NSW Country were 2-1 off 1.5 overs.

It is hoped that Jess will this year make her debut in Sydney Women’s Premier Cricket where she would be welcomed by all clubs. This step would see further growth in Jess’ cricket ability.

With another two seasons of Under 19 cricket still ahead for Jess, we are very excited about her long term potential.

This is Jess’ first Basil Sellers Scholarship.

 

ANGELINA GENFORD 

Playing Style: Right-arm medium, Right-hand bat

Club: Bankstown

A Bankstown junior Angelina has toiled very hard to improve her cricket and is now seeing results from her hard work. Angelina attends Westfields Sports High School, a program that has supported and continued her growth. 

Angelina had a top score of 47 in first grade last season and 97 in the Under 18 National Championships. Her bowling is developing well with limited opportunities in Sydney Women’s Premier Cricket where she picked up eight wickets with an economy rate of 4.5 - the same as her National Championship economy rate. 

Angelina has developed her batting to be a hard-hitting top order batter and with more opportunities her ability will push her for higher honours. Her fielding has developed to where she now placed in any fielding position.

Over the last four years Angelina’s best season has always been the next season, this is expected to continue. 

This is Angelina’s first Basil Sellers Scholarship.

 

TOBY GRAY

Playing Style:  Leg-spinner, Right-hand bat

Zone: Newcastle

Toby is a very accurate leg spin bowler with the ability to generate bounce and turn from a high release. An elegant and inventive middle order batsman with the ability to move the game forward and score quickly.

Toby captained the ACT/NSW Country team that were joint winners of the National Under 17 Championships in 2018/19, contributing strongly with bat and ball, scoring 116 runs at 23.20 and taking 12 wickets at 15.8.

These performances saw Toby called into the ACT/NSW County Under 19 team later that season as a 16-year-old, and he once again made a decisive impact, hitting two fours in the final over of the semi-final against NSW Metropolitan to win the match and went on to defeat Queensland in the Final.

Disappointingly, a serious back injury curtailed most of the 2019/20 season for Toby and he was unavailable for the Under 19 Championships. In the limited cricket he did play, he made his First Grade debut for Northern Districts. In only his third game, he showed outstanding maturity and temperament scoring a fighting 90, batting at No. 9, walking to the crease with his side at a rather precarious 7 for 6.

We look forward to an injury free Toby continuing his development in 2020/21.

This is Toby’s first Basil Sellers Scholarship.

 

KATE PETERSON

Playing Style: Right-arm medium-fast, Right-hand bat

Club: Penrith

Kate hails from North Rocks in Sydney and her junior club being Castle Hill RSL. She now plays Sydney Women’s Premier Cricket with the Penrith club.

A champion javelin thrower Kate excels in the outfield. However, fielding sits third on her abilities, she is a true allrounder.

At the Under 18 National Championships, she heavily assisted the NSW Metropolitan team to their wins taking 13 wickets at 11 and an economy rate of 4.6.

Her best performance was to bowl the last over in a T20 game against Western Australia. WA needing 6 runs off the last over Kate kept the to 5 forcing a super over. Kate took the Super Over and with good field placements kept WA to 5 runs, losing one wicket. Kate was not finished when her and Olivia Porter scored the required runs off 3 balls with Kate scoring 5 off 2 balls.

Kate received a contract from the Sydney Thunder for the 2019/20 season and played in the prestigious Lanning XI vs the Perry XI played in Canberra.

The club season was no different for Kate scoring 152 runs at 38 and limited bowling opportunities took 7 wickets.

We look forward to Kate maintaining her progression as part of our Under 19 program for the next two years and from there other opportunities will come.

This is Kate’s first Basil Sellers scholarship.

 

CAELAN MALADAY

Playing Style: Right-arm fast medium, Right-hand bat

Zone: North Coastal

Caelan hails from the small Northern NSW town of Bangalow.

A strong and aggressive fast bowler, Caelan is a fierce, wholehearted competitor who can generate life out of any surface. A fantastic team man with a wonderful work ethic, he has been a mainstay of ACT/NSW Country teams throughout all the pathway age groups.

His eight wickets at 17.8 in the 2018/19 Under 17 National Championships in Mackay (including 4-16 against Victoria) was a major contributor to the side being declared joint winners. These consistent performances saw him rewarded with selection the CA X1 at the Under 19 Championships in the same year.

In the 2019/20 season, Caelan again represented ACT/NSW Country at the National Under 19 Championships in Perth. He also moved to Sydney to further his cricket following completion of his HSC, with eventual Belvidere Cup winners, Randwick-Petersham.

Caelan quickly provided us with an example of his skill and potential in only his third First Grade match, picking up the outstanding figures of 5-15 off 7.3 overs against Bankstown.

Caelan will once again be an integral member of the ACT/NSW Country Under 19 Program, and we look forward to playing a more significant role in his progress as he spends more time in Sydney.

This is his first Basil Sellers Scholarship.

 

NIVETHAN RADHAKRISHNAN 

Playing Style: Ambidextrous finger spinner, Left-hand bat

Club: Sydney University

Nivethan (Nivi) is an extremely exciting allrounder from the Hawkesbury Club, possessing a very unique skill set. An elegant left-handed high order bat with a strong technique and temperament, Nivi also bowls orthodox spin with both his right and left hand.

Nivi enjoyed an exceptional Premier Cricket season in 2019/20, his 627 runs at 52.25 including two centuries (129 vs Mosman and 113 vs Easts), saw him as one of the top 10 run scorers in the competition. A wonderful achievement for a seventeen-year-old. His spinners also claimed 10 First Grade wickets

Further to this, Nivi became the youngest player ever to win the prestigious Bill O’Reilly Medal, featuring in a four-way tie, for the most outstanding player in the Premier Cricket competition.

Nivethan’s all-round value has ensured that he has been a mainstay of NSW Metropolitan teams throughout the various age Pathway Programs. He has also represented the CA XI at Under 17 and Under 19 level and was also selected for the Australian Under 16 team in 2018/19 that played against Pakistan in Dubai.

With another season of Under 19 cricket still ahead for Nivi, we are very excited about his long term potential.

This is his first Basil Sellers Scholarship.

 

YUVRAJ SHARMA 

Playing Style: Right-hand bat, leg-spinner  

Club: Fairfield-Liverpool  

Yuvraj is a very stylish right-hand top order batsman from the Fairfield-Liverpool Club. Yuvraj is an effortless timer of the ball with a simple, traditional technique. He also bowls some very handy leg spin and has represented NSW with distinction at Under 15, Under 17 level and Under 19 level.

Yuvraj forced his way into the Fairfield-Liverpool First Grade side midway through the 2018/19 season. He displayed his undoubted potential with his maiden top-grade century against Hawkesbury. In doing so, Yuvraj became only the seventh 16-year-old in the history of Sydney First Grade cricket to reach three figures.

Yuvraj’s performances saw him earn selection in the Australian Under 19 Squad for the recent series vs New Zealand, July 2019, in Brisbane.

Yuvraj had one of those years in 2019/20 where he looked in great touch but couldn’t string together any consistent scores. Having said that there is no doubt he has improved as a player after a full season of First Grade cricket for Fairfield-Liverpool.

He has been an integral member of NSW Metropolitan team that won the Under 19 Championships in Perth in December. Despite only scoring 176 at 22.00 for the Carnival, Yuvraj still managed to show his class and technique with the bat, with an effortless 73 against Western Australia.

With another year of Under 19 cricket to look forward to in 2020/21, we are confident that Yuvraj’s undoubted skill and work ethic will result in a productive season.

Yuvraj was a Basil Sellers Scholar in 2019/20

 

BRAD SIMPSON

Playing Style: Right-arm fast-medium, Right-hand bat

Club: Bankstown

Having been a Basil Sellers Scholar in 2019/20, Brad’s development as a young fast bowler continued last season, stringing together several encouraging performances for his Premier Club Bankstown and for NSW Metropolitan.

Brad is a superb athlete (he was ranked second in the country for 400m as a 16-year-old) and a bowler of genuine pace who has been clocked at speeds in excess of 135 kmh.

He has been another regular of NSW Pathway teams at Under 15, Under 17 and Under 19 age groups and has also represented the CA X1 at Under 17 and Under 19 level.

In 2019/20, Brad was a member of the successful NSW Metropolitan Under 19 team that took part in the National Championships in December. His 10 wickets at 21.90 featured dismissals of several top order batsmen which set the tone for numerous victories, and ultimately, the title.

Brad’s performances over several seasons saw him rewarded as one of the five NSW playersselected in the Australian Under 19 team that took part in the U19 World Cup in South Africa during January.

We look forward to Brad maintaining his progression as part of our Under 19 Program again in 2020/21.

 

HUNAR VERMA 

Playing Style: Right arm fast medium, Right-hand bat

Club: Blacktown

Hunar is a right arm fast bowler from the Blacktown Club.

Standing at 197cm, his ability toproduce steep bounce of a good length from a smooth, athletic approach is his greatest asset. He has shown great improvement over the past twelve months, showing excellent dedication to his physical preparation, which has benefited both his ball speed and his durability.

Hunar performed strongly for NSW Metropolitan at the National Under 17 Championships in Mackay in 2018/19 and as a result was selected for the CA XI at the 2019/20 National Under 19 Championships in Perth, he again impressed many good judges, troubling many batsmen with his pace and aggression.

He enjoyed a very encouraging first full season of First Grade Premier Cricket picking up 18 wickets at 24.33 with best figures of 4/50 vs Northern Districts.

We are very excited by Hunar’s rapid advancement and with another year in our Under 19 Program, and more exposure in Premier Cricket, we see no reason why that improvement should not continue.

This is Hunar’s first Basil Sellers Scholarship.