Members of the Cricket NSW Male Under 15 and 16 Pathway Academy squads recently embarked on a five-day tour to Darwin, where a number of the state’s emerging young cricketers impressed with bat and ball.

The focus of the tour was based around player development on and off the field. It involved three limited-overs matches and a T20 fixture against the Northern Territory Under 17 squad, under the soaking Darwin sun.

The squad won all but one of their matches during the trip.

Blacktown allrounder Gaurav Dogra posted an outstanding century during the second match and returned a five-wicket haul in the final match.

Dogra powered 100 not out from 69 balls in an emphatic 140-run victory over the Northern Territory Under 17 side at Marrara Oval No. 2 in Darwin, and then followed that performance in the six-wicket T20 victory by taking 5-19 from eight overs with his off-spin.

Joel Davies also produced some good performances with bat and ball. The Manly allrounder combined brilliantly with top order batsman, Shehan Sinnetamby (68), to put NSW in control during the second victory with a polished 61. Davies then added 2-35 with the ball in the unsuccessful chase for the NT.

Davies continued that very solid bowling form in the next match when he returned 3-13 with his left-arm orthodox spin.

Among the other notable performers with ball in hand throughout the four matches included North Shore off-spinner Flynn Farquharson and Hornsby-Ku-ring-gai fast bowler Jack Nisbet.

Sinnetamby – who represented the Mosman Cricket Club during the 2017/18 AW Green Shield competition – was again amongst the runs in game three, where he top-scored with 38 and almost resurrected the NSW innings in the later overs during the only loss for the squad on tour.

The consistent form continued for Sinnetamby in the T20 match, when he posted 32 not out from 28 balls to guide NSW to victory to end what was a great tour and a fantastic experience for all involved.

One of the major highlights for the players was the opportunity for the boys to meet Cameron Bancroft after the third match, who was at the game passing on valuable advice to both teams.

All members of the squad asked him a few questions around his preparation and how he trains which was an invaluable learning experience for the group.

The squad also got to watch some great cricket with the NT Strike League being played in Darwin at the same time and it was terrific for them to see elite cricketers like Bancroft, Jake Doran and Alex Ross in action.

 

Player

District Cricket Association

Gaurav Dogra

Blacktown

William Salzmann

Camden

Flynn Farquharson

North Shore

Joel Davies

Manly

Sam Schembri-Green

Northern District

Mitchell Crayne

North Shore

Kunj Changela

Blacktown

Ethan Deal

Sutherland

Joshua Seward

Manly

Ben Tracey

Penrith

Jack Nisbet

Hornsby-Ku-Ring-Gai

Jordan Watson

Penrith

Shehan Sinnetamby

South East Junior Cricket Association

Alex Van Vugt

South East Junior Cricket Association