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Basil Sellers Scholarship Program

Current Scholars


2021/22 Basil Sellers Scholarship Holders

CALLEE BLACK

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

Zone: Western

Callee is an exciting young prospect from Western NSW. Originally from Wellington, she currently resides in Bathurst.

Callee is a proud young indigenous cricketer, recently competing for the NSW Women’s Indigenous team.

A left-arm fast bowler with ability to swing the ball and execute dangerous yorkers, Callee has the ability to have an impact with both the new ball and at the death.

With the bat Callee is aggressive, looking to score at all times. A beautiful timer of the ball, paired with a great ability to find gaps.

Callee excelled in the U15 National Championships in 2019 impressing coaches with her athleticism, natural talent and ability to change the flow of games.

This recognition is a great opportunity for Callee to continue her development both on and off the field in pursuit of her cricketing dreams. 

 

AIDAN CAHILL

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

Club/Zone: Northern District Cricket Club/Newcastle

Aiden is a very talented eighteen year old all-round cricketer from the Newcastle City Club, who also plays for Northern Districts in the SCA Poidevin-Gray U21 competition.

Aiden is a bustling fast-medium pace bowler with a strong action and the ability to swing the ball away from the bat. He is a wonderful ball striker with the capacity to clear any boundary with apparent ease.

Despite the cancellation of the 2020/21 CA National Championships, Aiden still enjoyed an excellent 2020/21 season. He was the leading wicket taker in the Newcastle Premier Cricket competition with an impressive 37 wickets at an astonishing average of 12.92.

In appearances for Northern Districts in the Poidevin Gray competition, Aiden put his impressive skill set on display scoring 234 runs at 46.80 at a phenomenal strike rate of 203, highlighted by his 115 vs Penrith off only 67 deliveries.

Aiden was an integral member of the ACT / NSW Country team that defeated NSW Metro in both the two-day and one-day fixtures at the end of the 2020/21 season.  He picked up 4/13 in the second innings of the two-day match and then backed it up with 56 off only 41 balls in the limited overs fixture the next day to set up an unlikely victory.

Aiden’s performances were rewarded with his selection in the Australian Under 19 World Cup Squad for the Youth World Cup, held in the West Indies in January, 2022. 

 

JESSICA DAVIDSON  

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

Zone: Central Northern

Jessica grew up playing her cricket in Tamworth in the Central North of NSW and first represented ACT NSW Country at just 12 years of age. Jess has always performed beyond her years and plays a prominent role in any team or situation she finds herself.

A genuine all-rounder, she is an attacking batter with ability to score in all areas. This was highlighted with a match winning and aggressive 70 runs in the final against QLD at Manuka Oval in 2017.

With ball in hand Jess bowls with pace and aggression. Renowned for a good bouncer and her ability to pick up wickets with the new ball.

Away from cricket Jess is a talented violinist that keeps her balanced with cricket commitments. She has aspirations of studying music at University.

This is a great recognition of excellent performances and talent displayed over many years and will assist with the transition from bush to city in pursuit of achieving cricketing dreams.

This is Jess’ second Basil Sellers Scholarship.

 

JOEL DAVIES

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

Club: Manly-Warringah District Cricket Club

Joel is another of our highly versatile young cricketers who can turn a match with bat, ball and in the field.  A very well organised left-handed high order batsman and an accurate left-arm orthodox spinner, Joel has already had considerable success at both Youth and Premier Cricket levels.

Still only seventeen, Joel enjoyed an outstanding 2020/21 season. His 702 runs at 41.29 for Manly-Warringah saw him finish as the leading run scorer in the 2nd Grade competition. Further to this, Joel displayed his all round value to his Premiership winning side with 23 wickets at 20.61. Joel continued his excellent form in the Poidevin-Gray competition scoring 254 runs at 50.80.

Joel has been a mainstay of NSW Youth teams for several years, captaining the NSW Under 15 team to victory at the National Championships in 2018/19, scoring 267 runs at 66.75 in the process. These performances earned Joel selection into the CA XI side that took part in the National Under 17 Championships in 2019/20.

Joel’s consistency over several years was rewarded with his selection in the Australian Under 19 World Cup extended Preliminary Squad for the Youth World Cup that was held in the West Indies in January 2022.

Joel’s older brother, and Blues Squad member Oliver, was a previous Scholarship recipient in 2018/19. 

 

LIAM DODDRELL

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

Club: Penrith Cricket Club

Liam is an exciting young nineteen year old fast bowler and a busy middle/lower order batsman from the Penrith Cricket Club. A wonderful athlete and a fierce competitor, Liam has the ability to change the course of a game with the ball through his skiddy trajectory and genuine pace.

His knack of taking important wickets regularly shifted the momentum of several matches for NSW Metro at the 2019/20 Under 17 National Championships. Despite only bowling 32 overs for the Carnival, Liam picked up 8 wickets at 14.63, and was a major contributor to NSW making the final.

Unfortunately, a serious back injury prevented Liam from bowling for the majority of the 2020/21 season. He did however manage to perform strongly in the few Kingsgrove Sports T20 Cup and Poidevin-Gray Shield matches he was able to play in. Liam was restricted to playing lower grades as a batsman after Xmas, displaying his all round skills with several entertaining innings .

Despite his lack of cricket last season, Liam remains highly regarded nationally, and was one of the seven NSW players included in the Australian Under 19 World Cup extended Preliminary Squad for the Youth World Cup that was held in the West Indies in January 2022.

Liam is progressing extremely well physically in pre-season training and we are excited to see him return to bowling at full pace for the start of the 2021/22 season. 

 

EBONY HOSKIN

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

Zone: Riverina

Ebony is an exciting young fast-medium bowler from Howlong in the Riverina.

Ebony possesses an outstanding work ethic, athleticism, humility and coach-ability. She listens to advice diligently and applies it to her game quickly.

Ebony has developed her skills playing men’s cricket with her father, Aaron where they open the bowling together. Her ability to bowl accurately with subtle changes of pace and knack for swinging the ball have afforded her a reputation as a genuine wicket taker.

With last season’s National Championships cancelled, Ebony represented ACT/NSW Country in Albury against Victoria and NSW Metro performing extremely well culminating in a Player of the Final performance.

Off the field, Ebony has a strong interest in the Health and Fitness industry and is currently studying a Diploma in Sport Development, Leadership and Management while pursuing her cricket ambitions. In her spare time, Ebony takes an elderly lady with MS to cricket games so she can take photographs, highlighting outstanding community service qualities.

This outstanding recognition will further assist Ebony in her dreams of playing cricket at the highest level. 

 

LAUREN KUA

Playing Style: Right-arm leg-break, Right-hand bat

Club: Gordon Women's Cricket Club

Lauren is a talented all-rounder that plays Premier Cricket for Gordon Women's Cricket Club. She is a right-handed top order batter and a right-arm leg-spin bowler.

Lauren was identified by CNSW at a young age and has come through the Pathway system starting in the U13s age group. She is now a part of the NSW Metropolitan U19s squad at just 17 years of age. This is an excellent achievement considering she still has 2 years left in the age group.

Last season Lauren was selected as the Captain of the NSW Metropolitan U16 team that played matches against ACT/NSW Country U16s and South Australia U19s. During these matches Lauren performed strongly and led the team well on and off the field. She demonstrated maturity beyond her years and displayed a great ability to read the game.

In 1st grade Premier cricket last season Lauren took 16 wickets at 21.81 with best figures of 4/36. She also scored 207 runs with a top score of 65.

During the 2019/20 season Lauren was the captain of the NSW U15s Metropolitan Team that were grand finalists at the National Championships in Canberra. Lauren was the second leading wicket-taker for the competition with 12 wickets at an average of 12.92 across four T20 matches and four 40-over games, including the Final. She was rewarded with selection in the Cricket Australia U15s training squad.

We are excited to continue to watch Lauren develop, she has a bright future in the game and displays the character and attitude required to fulfil her potential.

 

SHIVANI MEHTA

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

Club: Manly-Warringah District Cricket Club

Shivani is a talented all-rounder that plays Premier Cricket with Manly-Warringah District Cricket club. She is a top order batter, medium pace bowler and very good fielder.

Shivani has been a member of the NSW Metropolitan U19s squad for the past three seasons and has represented her state at two national championships where she has made some outstanding contributions to the team with bat, ball and in the field.

During the 2020/21 season Shivani performed strongly in 1st grade for her club (Northern District) scoring 207 runs and contributing 9 wickets.

She also played very well against South Australia Under 19s in the 2 matches she played and made a match winning 66 not out batting in the middle order which helped resurrect the innings after the loss of early wickets.

Shivani is a brilliant athlete and is regarded as one of the best young fielders coming through the Pathway, she is quick across the ground, has a good arm and is a reliable catcher. She has shown the ability to change games in the field with brilliant individual efforts.

Not only is Shivani a highly skilled cricketer, she is also a person of high character. She has a great attitude and always puts the team first. Shivani is a natural leader and a very popular member of any team that she plays in.

At just 18 years of age the future is bright for Shivani and we only see her going from strength to strength. With the support of the Basil Sellars Scholarship we have no doubt that Shivani can take her game to the next level. 

 

COREY MILLER

Playing Style: Left-hand bat

Club: Northern District Cricket Club

Corey is an eighteen year old left-hand opening bat from the Northern District Cricket Club. Technically correct with an excellent temperament and the ability to bat for long periods, Corey demonstrates many attributes not seen in many of today’s young players.

Corey has been part of NSW Pathway Programs for several seasons displaying an outstanding work ethic and a strong desire to improve. He performed extremely well for NSW Metro at the 2019/20 National Under 17 Championships in Mackay, scoring 210 runs at 46.00, getting the team away to many good starts in the process.

Corey has since taken his game to another level, enjoying a phenomenal start to the 2020/21 season, scoring an amazing 262 off only 248 balls in the Round 2 match against Hawkesbury (a Northern Districts Club record). He followed up this wonderful achievement with a further century in Round 5 against Blacktown.

His 450 runs at 90.00 saw his richly deserved elevation to 1st Grade for the remainder of the season. Corey equipped himself well in the top grade, scoring 268 runs at 29.80 including scores of 85 and 79 against the strong attacks of Sydney Uni and St George.

Corey was rewarded with selection in the Australian Under 19 World Cup Squad for the Youth World Cup that was held in the West Indies in January 2022. 

 

WILLIAM SALZMANN

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

Club: Campbelltown-Camden District Cricket Club

Will is an eighteen year old fast bowling allrounder from the Campbelltown/Camden Club. He has made an immediate impact in a short space of time since making his 1st Grade debut at the age of sixteen, displaying a versatile skill set, a strong willingness to compete and a maturity beyond his years.

Will is able to generate very good pace and bounce out of most surfaces from an athletic, whippy action. He is also a free scoring middle/lower order batsman who hits the ball hard and looks to move the game forward.

Will achieved some impressive results in 1st Grade for such a young man, claiming 17 wickets at 26.75 which included a haul of 6-51 v Blacktown. In addition, his 198 runs at 24.75 were often made in difficult situations and included a highest score of 59 against Bankstown.

Will capped off his excellent 2020/21 season as the leading wicket taker in the Poidevin-Gray competition with 17 wickets at 10.54

Will has represented NSW at U15 level in 2018/19, and has played for the CA X1 at the National U17 Championships in Mackay in 2019/20. He was another of our players selected in the Australian Under 19 World Cup Squad for the Youth World Cup that was held in the West Indies in January 2022.

We look forward to Will’s continued development in our Pathways program.

 

LACHLAN SHAW

Playing Style: Right-hand bat, Wicket-keeper

Club: Northern District Cricket Club

Lachlan is an nineteen year old wicketkeeper/batsman from the Northern Districts Cricket Club. A versatile and innovative right-hander who can bat anywhere in the order and a very neat and classy gloveman. Lachlan has been a valued member of NSW Youth Squads for several seasons, having represented NSW at U15, U17 and U19 level.

Lachlan had the honour of captaining the NSW Metro U17 side at the 2019/20 National Championships, handling the onerous workload of batting, keeping and captaincy with great composure and maturity, leading the team to the final. He performed extremely well personally, scoring 211 runs at 52.75 and keeping wickets with his customary tidiness.

Lachlan has also had a very productive first full season in 1st Grade for Northern Districts scoring 307 runs at 38.38 including a maiden century of 107 v Hawkesbury and securing 24 dismissals behind the stumps. In the Poidevin-Gray competition Lachlan was again a major contributor, scoring 180 runs at 30.00, as well as being leading wicketkeeper for dismissals with 20.

He was another of our players selected in the Australian Under 19 World Cup Squad for the Youth World Cup to be held in the West Indies in January 2022.

Lachlan will also captain the NSW Metropolitan U19 side at the National Championships held in Mackay, Queensland from April 7 to 14, 2022. 

 

NICHOLAS TOOHEY

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

Zone: Central Coast

Nicholas is an eighteen year old right-arm fast bowler and hard hitting lower order batsman from the Central Coast who plays his cricket for the Terrigal Matcham Cricket Club. Nick has unfortunately been hampered by back and hamstring injuries over the past two seasons, but when fully fit possesses some excellent fast bowling attributes. He is a highly skilled and accurate bowler of genuine pace with an effortless action.

Despite bowling less than 80 overs for the season, Nick still managed to pick up 16 wickets at 16.31 for his Club side.

Nick has been on the CNSW radar for several years, first representing NSW at the National Under 15 Championships in 2018/19, where his consistency and strong mechanics saw him selected to play for CA X1 at the National U17 Championships in 2019/20. Nick has since progressed to the ACT/NSW Country U19 Squad in 2020/21 as a sixteen year old.

In spite of his recent injuries, Nick continues to be highly thought of by CA, and was one of our seven NSW players selected in the Australian Under 19 World Cup extended Preliminary Squad for the Youth World Cup that was held in the West Indies in January 2022.

We are very excited to see continued improvement both technically and physically over the next two seasons.