Ten promising young cricketers were welcomed into the Basil Sellers Scholarship program for the first time on Thursday night continuing a rich tradition of finding elite cricketing talent in New South Wales.

In its 13th year, 14 players were inducted into the prestigious program, with three receiving their second scholarship and young allrounder Austin Waugh his third. The first-time scholars include Australian Under 16 representative Brock Larance and leading run-scorer for ACT/NSW Country at the Female Under 15 National Championships last season, Phoebe Litchfield.

Sixteen year-old fast bowler from Bowral, Dominic O’Shannessy, was another player to be awarded his first scholarship. He was the leading wicket-taker at the Male Under 17 National Championships last season with 16 scalps at 13.63.

During his speech to the inductees, parents and cricket officials, Mr Sellers emphasised the spirit of cricket.

“We want you to play hard, we want you to play to win, but you must respect your opponents, play it fair and in the Spirit of Cricket,” Mr Sellers said.

“All of Cricket NSW, myself, and all your family and friends, want to be proud of you.”

Cricket NSW CEO Andrew Jones said the impact that the Basil Sellers Scholarship program has on NSW cricket cannot be understated.

“It provides the first signal to our youngest and best players that they might have a future in professional cricket,” Jones said.

“That encouragement is invaluable at all stages of one’s career, especially in formative years.”

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

Sixteen male and female cricketers have gone on to represent Australia in the Test, One-Day or T20 arenas, including the current frontline pace attack for the Australian Test team Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins.

NSW Breakers captain and Australian wicketkeeper-batter, Alyssa Healy, as well as her team mate and world class allrounder, Ellyse Perry, are also graduates of the program.

Jones lauded Mr. Sellers for his support of the sport and Cricket NSW in particular.

“Basil is one of the greatest, if not the greatest, philanthropist in Australian Sport,” Mr Jones said.

“His support … has been unstinting over many years, with his first scholars now senior players in Australian Cricket and among the best players in the world.

“The practical impact of financial assistance to defray the often high costs of travel, training, coaching and schooling is very significant, especially for players from regional NSW, where distance is a major factor.

“His support has been such that last season Basil brought up his century, with more than 100 past and present scholars going through the program.

“We wish our new and returning scholars all the very best for their careers.”

2018/19 Basil Sellers Scholars

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