Selectors have chosen the 14-player NSW Metro squad to compete at the Male Under 17 National Championships this season in Mackay, Queensland, from 30 September to 10 October.

The squad was finalised following the three-day Under 17 State Challenge in Coffs Harbour that concluded on Sunday.

Twenty-six players were vying for selection. They were divided into the Metro Sixers and Thunder teams for the carnival that also included two sides from Country NSW/ACT, the Country Sixers and Thunder.

The final squad includes two Australian Under 16 representatives, Penrith batsman Ryley Smith and ambidextrous allrounder Nivethan Radrakrishnan, who both toured Dubai with that national team in January.

Both Smith and Radrakrishnan return to the Under 17 nationals after representing the Cricket Australia XI last season featuring a number of underaged players.

Wicketkeeper, batsman Lachlan Shaw is the only remaining member of last season's NSW Metro squad.

Each team at the Under 17 National Championships this season will play four round-robin matches to qualify for the semi-finals.

Cricket NSW, Coaching and Talent Manager for Metropolitan NSW, Gavan Twining said the squad possessed significant fast bowling depth.

“It has a mix of accurate swing bowling, with some tall (and) fast quicks who bowl at a good pace,” said Twining.

A number of standout performances at the State Challenge confirmed numerous selections.

“Ellis Sherriff took four wickets on (day two), demonstrating his ability to swing the new ball.

“The batting (also) has some real talent and skill.

“Corey Miller scoring a well-crafted 77 on (day three), Lachlan Shaw’s 112 and 70 confirmed his potential, along with Ethan Deal, Ryley Smith and Niv Radrakrishnan, all showing their ability to score runs over the three days.”

Shaw was the leading run-scorer for the three days in Coffs Harbour with 198 runs at an average of 99. 

NSW Metropolitan U17 squad

Name Club 

Lachlan Shaw

Sydney

Ryley Smith

Penrith

Corey Miller

Northern District

Ethan Deal

Sutherland

Niv Radrakrishnan

Hawkesbury

Jordan Watson

Penrith

Liam Doddrell

Penrith

Nathan Sequeira

Gordon

Flynn Farquharson

Mosman

Yash Patel

Northern District

Joshua Seward

Manly

Alex van Vugt

Eastern Suburbs

Jack Nisbet

Sydney

Ellis Sherriff

Sydney