Basil Sellers Scholarship Program
2018/19 Basil Sellers Scholarship HoldersISABELLE AFARAS
Playing Style: Off-spinner, right Hand Bat
Club: Northern District
Isabelle is a 17-year-old all-rounder from the Northern District Cricket Club. An aggressive right arm off-spin bowler who loves taking wickets, as she showed at the U/18 level.
During the National Championships Isabelle took 11 wickets at 12.82 with a best of 3/18. The previous season at the same championships she claimed 12 wickets at 7.50 with a best of 4/7.
Isabelle is a former opening batter at U/15 level and these days assists the team batting lower down the order.
This season will be Isabelle’s fourth U/18 National Championships after two years with the Cricket Australia team and one year with the NSW Metropolitan team.
A very good team player, we expect that Isabelle will have her best year this season in both national and club cricket. We look forward to her match winning performances.
This is Isabelle’s first Basil Sellers Scholarship.
Playing Style: Right Hand Bat, wicket-keeper
Aiden is an 18-year-old batsman/wicketkeeper who will play for the Sutherland Club this season after moving from Manly-Warringah for a First Grade wicket-keeping opportunity.
He was a member of the successful NSW Metropolitan side that won the National U/19 Championships in Tasmania in December 2017. Although Aiden didn’t make any big scores during the Carnival, he made several significant contributions, scoring at a high strike rate and often sacrificing his wicket in the latter overs for the good of the team.
Aiden also enjoyed a solid season with both bat and gloves for the Manly Second Grade team, scoring 442 runs at an average of 36.83 and claiming 38 dismissals behind the stumps. Aiden also made his First Grade debut for Manly-Warringah after Christmas and once again acquitted himself well.
He is a product of the Cricket NSW pathway system having represented NSW with distinction at U/15, U/17 and U/19 level, and will once again be an integral member of the U/19 NSW Metropolitan team in 2018/19 as they look to defend their title in Adelaide this December.
This is Aiden’s second Basil Sellers Scholarship.
Playing Style: Right hand bat, right arm fast medium
Dharmini is a 16-year-old all-rounder from the Campbelltown/Camden Club. She is an aggressive right arm medium fast bowler and a stylish, compact right hand middle order batter. Dharmini has represented ACT/NSW Country at the U/15 National Championships and represented the CA XI at the U/18 National Championships.
In the previous year’s U/15 National Championships final she scored a stylish 44 and contributed well with the ball. This was after being a major contributor in the ACT/NSW Country team the previous two years.
Dharmini represented NSW for the first time at the 2018 National Indigenous Cricket Championships, where they won an 11th successive title. She was selected to tour England with an Australian Indigenous XI in June 2018.
Dharmini is another first time Basil Sellers Scholar.
Playing Style: Right hand bat, off-spinner
Oliver is an aggressive high order batsman from the Manly-Warringah Club who possesses a fine array of shots. He is a more than handy off spin bowler and excellent fielder in all positions.
Enjoying an outstanding 2017/18 season at both National Championship and Premier Cricket level, he captained the NSW Metro U/17 side that won the National Championships in Brisbane in October 2017. His performances in that tournament earnt him selection in the CA XI team to take part in the National U/19 Championships in Hobart.
Oliver had an excellent U/19 Carnival and was a key contributor in helping the young CA XI team perform way above expectations to make the final against NSW Metro. His 244 runs at 40.67 and nine wickets at 24.17 were further proof of his considerable skill set.
At Premier Cricket level Oliver continued his exceptional season, scoring 344 runs in six innings in Second Grade, earning him his First Grade debut at just 17. He maintained his dominance in the top Grade, scoring his maiden First Grade hundred against St George late in the season to finish with 266 runs at 53.20 at the outstanding strike rate of 98.50.
With Ollie still having a further two years in the U/19 Program, we are very excited about his continued development. This is Oliver’s first Basil Sellers Scholarship.
Playing Style: Right hand bat, wicket-keeper
Maddy is a 17-year-old batsman, wicket-keeper who plays for the Universities Club. Maddy is a very well organised high order batter with the ability to adapt her game to the match situation. She is also very mobile and safe with the gloves.
Maddy had a strong 2017/18 season that has seen her game continue to evolve. She was a member of the successful NSW Metro side that won the T20 National U/18 Championships in Canberra in December 2017. Maddy top scored in the final as well as contributing well in the 50 over competition, where NSW Metro was runner up to the ACT/NSW Country team.
Maddy scored 354 runs at 44.25 in her ten First Grade appearances for Universities and will play in her fourth U/18 Championships after representing the CA XI team.
The international season saw Maddy play in a T20 exhibition game at the MCG and tour South Africa with the Australian U/19 team. Maddy is a second time Basil Sellers Scholar.
Playing Style: Left hand bat, right arm medium fast
Joel is an 18-year-old all-rounder from the Manly-Warringah Club. A tall, aggressive right arm medium fast bowler and decisive middle order batsman, Joel has represented NSW at U/15, U/17 and U/19 level. He has also captained NSW regularly during his time in Youth Cricket.
Joel enjoyed a very productive 2017/18 season. He had a major impact with both bat and ball for NSW Metro in their successful campaign at the National U/19 Championships. He played several selfless, forceful innings in the middle order, and regularly picked up crucial wickets with his accurate and skilful medium pacers. His 138 runs at 46.00 at a strike rate of 95.8 and six wickets at 25.05 were a great indicator of his value to the team.
Joel maintained his impressive form for Manly, forcing his way into their First Grade side after Christmas and performing strongly. Without doubt, the highlight of his season was his amazing spell of bowling against Bankstown returning the incredible figures of 8/23 form 9.3 overs.
Joel spent the first part of this off season further developing his batting playing in Darwin for Southern Districts, highlighted by a classy 106 against Nightcliff. This is Joel’s first Basil Sellers Scholarship.
Playing Style: Left hand bat, off-spinner
Lachlan is a 17-year-old left handed batsman from the Mosman Club. A tall, elegant player with a range of shots off either foot, who at his best has that rare ability to make batting look easy. He is also a very useful off-spin bowler and an excellent slip fielder.
Lachlan was a member of the successful NSW Metro U/17 side that took out the 2017/18 National Championships in Queensland. Following his efforts in this tournament, as part of an arrangement between CNSW and NT Cricket, Lachlan was selected to represent Northern Territory at the National U/19 Carnival in December in Tasmania. His 175 runs at 29.17 against stronger opposition gave us another glimpse of his talent.
Lachlan’s 2017/18 performances in Premier Cricket for Mosman were exceptional. Starting the season in Second Grade as a 16-year-old, two centuries in the first five rounds of the season saw him earn a First Grade debut after Christmas. Lachlan continued his outstanding form in the top Grade with 282 runs from six innings at 56.4, including a seemingly effortless 158 not out against Campbelltown-Camden, a remarkable achievement for such a young player.
Lachlan is another first time Basil Sellers Scholar.
Playing Style: Right arm fast medium, right hand bat
Emma is a 17-year-old fast medium bowler from Dubbo in the Central West and represented ACT/NSW Country.
Emma was part of the U/18, 50 over winning team in 2017/18 and will lead the same team this coming season. Injuries during the 2017/18 Championships hampered her wicket-taking but she was very effective during the 50 over final.
Emma was selected in the U/19 Australia squad in 2018.
She is an aggressive lower order batter who can collect quick runs or hold up an end if required.
Emma is a product of the Cricket NSW pathway system having represented NSW with distinction at U/15, and U/18 level, and she will once again be an integral member of the ACT/NSW Country team this season as they look to defend their title in Victoria this January. This is Emma’s second Basil Sellers Scholarship.
Playing Style: Right hand bat, off-spinner
Hailing from Dubbo, Brock is a cricketer of enormous potential. Still only 16 years old, Brock has already represented NSW at U/15 level, the CA XI at the National U/17 Championships, and gained selection for the Australian U/16 squad that played against Pakistan in April of this year.
A hard-hitting top order batsman, Brock possesses a great eye and nimble footwork and loves to dominate and score his runs quickly. He is an exciting all-round package, bowling very accurate and clever off spinners as well as being a highly athletic and energetic fieldsman.
Brock’s ability to take the game on in any situation was evident playing for the CA XI in the National U/17 Carnival in Queensland last year, when his 201 runs at 33.50 were scored at the remarkable strike rate of 124.1.
Brock capped off a very eventful season with selection in the prestigious Australian Indigenous Team that recently toured England in June.
The teenager will be a vital member of the ACT/NSW Country side at the upcoming National U/17 Championships in October. With greater exposure to tougher cricket as he looks to relocate to Sydney after he completes high school, his progress will be watched with great anticipation.
Brock is a first time Basil Sellers Scholar.
Playing Style: Left Hand Bat
Phoebe is an aggressive left hand high order batter who has moved to the recently elevated Parramatta team. She possesses a fine array of shots and is always looking to move the game forward. Her outstanding fielding also catches the eye of all observers.
Phoebe enjoyed an outstanding 2017/18 season at the U/15 National Championship with 181 runs at an average of 45.25 and an outstanding strike rate of 90.5.
She was an important part of ACT/NSW Country’s undefeated run to the title, their third in three years. Phoebe was unlucky not be selected for the end of season Australian tour of South Africa.
In the upcoming club season, it is expected that Phoebe will show her ability in Premier Cricket more often and further develop her game.
With Phoebe only in her first year in U/18s, we are very excited about her continued development.
Phoebe has already been identified by Cricket Australia as a future star. This is Phoebe’s first Basil Sellers Scholarship.
Playing Style: Right arm fast medium, left hand bat
Liam is a 17-year-old right arm fast bowler of great promise from the Bankstown Club. Tall and strong, Liam has the capacity to swing the ball away at good pace and generate bounce on most surfaces.
A handy left hand lower order bat, Liam has represented NSW at U/15 level and played for the Australian U/16 team against Pakistan in the UAE in January 2017.
He displayed his immense value by playing every match for the NSW Metro side at the National U/17 Championships in September 2017, spearheading the bowling attack to help the team to a title victory.
His 12 wickets at 13.92 consistently included key players in opposition teams. These performances earned him selection in the CA XI team to play in the National U/19 Championships in December 2017. Unfortunately, a foot injury prevented him from taking part in this tournament and limited the cricket he played in the back half of the 2017/18 season.
With another two years as part of our U/19 Program, we are confident the excellent technical and physical advancements he is making will produce a quality young fast bowler. Liam is another first time Basil Sellers scholar.
Playing Style: Style: Right arm fast medium, right hand bat
Club: Sydney University
Still only 16 and hailing from Bowral in the Southern Highlands, Dominic is a bowler of raw pace with the knack of being able to change a game over the course of a spell. He is also a very capable middle to lower order batsman who can hit the ball a long way.
Dominic was the tournament’s leading wicket taker at the National U/17 Championship in Queensland in September 2017. His 16 wickets at 13.68 for ACT/NSW Country included a hat-trick against rivals NSW Metro in the quarter final. A wonderful achievement for a 15-year-old.
Dominic’s performances at the U/17 Carnival earnt him selection in the CA XI team to compete in the National U/19 Championships in Hobart in December 2017. Despite playing against cricketers three and four years older than him, Dominic performed way above expectations, taking ten wickets at 21.60.
As he continues to mature physically his genuine ball speed, wicket taking ability and very good work ethic all point toward a terrific fast bowling prospect.
Dominic is a first time Basil Sellers Scholar.
Playing Style: Left hand bat
Club: Northern Districs
Abbey is a 16-year-old right arm off-spin bowler of great promise from the Northern District Club. Tall and strong, Abbey has the capacity to spin the ball and generates bounce on most surfaces.
She is also a handy left hand lower order bat who helped ACT/NSW Country win the 50 over final in last year’s U/18 National Championship. Abbey has represented NSW at U/15 level.
Abbey played every match for ACT/NSW Country at the National U/18 Championships in December 2017, spearheading the bowling attack to help the team to a title victory in the 50 over competition and runner up in the T20 competition.
Her 11 wickets at 8.18, consistently included key opposition. Abbey’s best figures were 4/13.
Abbey is another first time Basil Sellers scholar.
Playing Style: Right hand bat, right medium
Austin, 18, 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.
Austin enjoyed a busy 2017/18 season, with his all-round skills once again contributing positively to every team he played in.
He was a member of the successful NSW Metro side that won the National U/19 Championships in Tasmania in December 2017. Although not making any consistently big scores with the bat, the selfless manner in which he made his runs helped set up several wins.
He bowled several crucial spells with the ball, including a decisive 5-27 in the semi-final win over Western Australia. His fielding was once again outstanding, securing several direct hit run outs, and saving many runs with his athleticism and anticipation.
These performances earnt Austin selection in the Australian U/19 squad that made the final of the U/19 World Cup in New Zealand in January.
Austin continued his good form in Premier Cricket for the Sutherland First Grade team, helping them reach the semi-finals. He scored 246 runs at 33.2, and with the ball took 10 wickets at 34.80.
Austin was a Basil Sellers Scholar in 2017/18.