The three teams to represent NSW at the Cricket Australia Male Under 15 National Championships have been named.
The state will be represented by a team from Metropolitan NSW, ACT/NSW Country and a composite side from both regions.
NSW Magenta will represent the Metropolitan area of the state, while NSW Green includes four players from Country NSW and nine cricketers from the suburban region.
It is the first time that such a composite team has been selected for such championships.
The Under 15 National Championships will be held during early February in Brisbane and on the Sunshine Coast. The national titles for this age group were previously organised by School Sport Australia.
The recent Under 15 State Challenge held last week in Hawkesbury was used as a final selection trial for the three teams named.
Senior Manager of the Cricket NSW Pathways, former Blues fast bowler Mark Cameron, said it was a wonderful opportunity for these players to test themselves at a national level.
“The three teams selected will compete against the best talent within their age group from around the country,” said Cameron.
“The players selected for each squad have been identified through the Cricket NSW Academy program, Under 13 and 14 State Challenge carnivals and relevant under age competitions within the NSW Districts Cricket Association.
“The tremendous talent chosen across the three squads is a testament to the strength of the Academy program and those competitions.”
Cricket NSW Country Coaching and Talent Manager, Brett Rankin, echoed those sentiments.
“It is a great opportunity for these players to live the life of a professional cricketer for eight days,” said Rankin.
“I am delighted for the 17 players selected for both ACT/NSW Country and NSW Green.
“I hope the learnings these boys take away from their experiences in Queensland filter back to their regional teams to assist other up-and-coming cricketers.”
Rankin said that some excellent performances at the recent State Challenge were pivotal in selection.
“Selectors were impressed by the fast bowling stocks particularly Nick Toohey and Landan Price.
“The spin twins of Karan Katli and George Cumming also performed admirably.
“In terms of batting, Lachlan Dowling stood out during the State Challenge and looks a classy player.”
Cricket NSW Coaching and Talent Specialist for South East Sydney, Graeme Smith, said that despite embarking on their first taste of National level cricket, NSW Magenta will be looking to adapt quickly when the tournament starts in February.
“The team is full of all-round talent,” said Smith.
“Manly allrounder Joel Davies (brother of Under 19 NSW Metro captain Ollie Davies) and opening batter Jonah Trope, who steps up an age group, will play a key role.
“Likewise, youngsters Akshat Mishra and Matthew Siddhu, will also be looking to play key roles for NSW Green.”
Squads for U15 National Championships
|Flynn Farquharson||North Shore|
|Ethan Jamieson||St George|
|Said Adam Obaidi||Blacktown|
|Sam Schembri-Green||Northern Districts|
|Ryan Swain||Northern Districts|
|Zac Craig||Central North|
|Lachlan Dowling||North Coast|
|Callum Henry||Central North|
|Karan Katli||Central Coast|
|Landan Price||Central North|
|Lachlan Reid||ACT/Southern Districts|
|Mitchell Ryan||Central Coast|
|Nick Toohey||Central Coast|
|Jack Wakely||North Coast|
|James Apostolakis||Canterbury & Wests|
|Sam Konstas||St George|
|Andy Magennis||Greater Illawarra|
|Blake McCarten||ACT Southern Districts|
|Mahsen Narvel||Canterbury & Wests|
|Matthew Siddhu||North Shore|