Four teams have been named to play at the Under 17 boys' State Challenge in Coffs Harbour from 17-19 August, as the selection of the two NSW squads for the 2018 National Championships nears finalisation.
Two teams will represent each of the NSW Metro and ACT/NSW Country preliminary squads.
Each squad has been divided into teams that will compete in the Sydney Thunder and Sixers colours.
The State Challenge will be used as a final selection trial for the NSW Metro and ACT/NSW Country teams to compete at the Under 17 National Championships in Mackay and Brisbane from 1-12 October.
The final announcement of the teams will occur on Tuesday 21 August.
Most of the players selected for the trials in Coffs Harbour also participated in the Under 16 State Challenge in April, at Campbelltown, where the two Country teams outperformed the two Metro teams.
The training and preparation for all cricketers involved in the State Challenge has been rigorous with players from both the NSW Metro and ACT/NSW Country squads working hard on their skill development and physical fitness throughout the winter months.
Both the NSW Metro and ACT/NSW Country teams feature numerous players who participated at the Under 17 National Championships last season.
NSW Metro batsman Yuvraj Sharma (Metro Sixers); ACT/NSW Country allrounder Broc Hardy (Country Sixers) and fast bowler Dom O’Shannessy (Country Thunder), all competed at the 2017 championships.
Brock Larance (Country Thunder), Toby Gray (Country Sixers), Mac Jenkins (Metro Thunder), Tanveer Sangha (Metro Sixers), Brad Simpson (Metro Thunder) and Hugh Sherriff (Mero Sixers) were also involved at the championships last year representing the Under 16 Cricket Australia XI players.
Zeeshan Ahmed (Metro Thunder) played for the Northern Territory.
There are also three players named in the four teams, who have been selected for the Under 16 CA XI team to play at the Under 17 National Championships this year, including Connor Cook (Country Sixers); Ryley Smith (Metro Sixers) and Niv Radhakrishnan (Metro Thunder).
Each of the four respective coaches anticipate that all the players will perform to their best ability over the three days; represent Cricket NSW in the correct manner, in a positive nature; as well as play each day in the right spirit.
Cricket NSW wishes to congratulate and wish all the players and coaches the very best during the State Challenge in Coffs Harbour, as well as for their selection in the final teams to play at the National Championships in early October.
Coach – Troy McKiernan
Coach – Graeme Smith
Coach – Anthony Clark
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Coach – Grant Lambert