NSW Metro selectors have named the squads to compete at the Under 13 and 14 Boys’ State Challenge carnival to be held from 21-24 January in Dubbo.
In each age group, four Metropolitan squads of 13 players have been selected. Two sides from each division will represent each of the Sydney Big Bash League franchises, the Thunder and Sixers.
The ACT/NSW Country teams for the carnival are yet to be selected.
The young cricketers selected represent the best talent that is emerging through the early stages of the Cricket NSW Pathways system.
Camden batter Akshat Mishra is one of those players. As a 14-year-old player, he was the second leading run-scorer in the NSW District Cricket Association Under 15 EG Weblin Shield.
He scored 341 runs at an average of just under 50 with a highest score of 180. Mishra also plays Third and Fourth Grade cricket for Campbelltown-Camden in the McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket competition.
Daniel Gauci, the younger brother of NSW Blues rookie Jordan, is another stand out batter selected for the Under 14 division.
Gauci averaged 119.5 during the inter-district Under 14 Harold Moore Shield this season.
Dylan Ranjan and James Moore are two of the many talented Under 13 players selected.
Ranjan was the leading wicket taker in the NSWDCA Under 13 Gee Shield. He claimed an amazing 30 wickets at 9.43, including four five-wicket hauls, for the Hornsby Ku-rung-gai & Hills District Cricket Association.
Ranjan was selected for the State Challenge from outside the Cricket NSW Academy program.
Moore, who is playing for Sydney in the AW Green Shield and Fifth Grade competitions in NSW Premier Cricket, was the leading run-scorer in the Gee Shield this season. He made 360 runs at 72.
Under 13 & 14 Boys’ State Challenge teams
|U14 Thunder Green|
|Dewashish Adhikari||Canterbury and Wests|
|U14 Thunder Black|
|Felix Booth||Northern Districts|
|Ethan Simpson||Canterbury and Wests|
|Farhan Islam||Canterbury and Wests|
|U14 Sixers Pink|
|Rafael MacMillan||St George|
|Charlie Anderson||North Shore|
|Matthew Sidhu||North Shore|
|Nicholas Everitt||Inner West Harbour|
|U14 Sixers Black|
|Alexander Parthenis||St George|
|Sam Konstas||St George|
|Daimon Pin||North Shore|
|Trystan Kennedy||North Shore|
|Hwi Sharples||Inner West Harbour|
|Luke Harrison||North Shore|
|Luke Callanan||North Shore|
|U13 Thunder Green|
|James Moore||Canterbury and Wests|
|U13 Thunder Black|
|Ethan Anderson||Canterbury and Wests|
|Addison Sheriff||Canterbury and Wests|
|Benji Harris||Inner West Harbour|
|Riley Davidson||Canterbury and Wests|
|Declan Fitzpatrick||Inner West Harbour|
|U13 Sixers Pink|
|Oliver Carney||North Shore|
|Cooper Edwards||Inner West Harbour|
|Chris Roussos||North Shore|
|Jake St John||Sutherland|
|James Brown||St George|
|Archie Gowthorp||North Shore|
|U13 Sixers Black|
|Ben Champion||Inner West Harbour|
|Jakob Lindberg||St George|
|Hamish Reynolds||North Shore|
|Ashton Frazer||St George|