Numerous cricketers staked their claim for selection at the Male Under 19 National Championships this season during the State Challenge at Raby Sports Complex last week.

The 50-over Under 19 State Challenge was the final selection trial for the NSW Metro and ACT/NSW Country teams to compete at the national titles in South Australia during December.

Four teams competed during the carnival from 2-4 October. Two teams from Metropolitan NSW and ACT/NSW Country represented each of the Sydney Thunder and Sixers Big Bash League franchises.

The final day was abandoned due to wet weather. Metro Sixers were the best performed team winning both of their matches.

Basil Sellers Scholar and Sutherland wicketkeeper, batsman, Aiden Bariol, was a stand out during his two matches for Metro Sixers.

The young gloveman claimed seven dismissals behind the stumps including six catches and one stumping.

Four of those catches came in one match against Country Sixers. Bariol complemented that haul with some handy runs in the middle order. He made 54 runs at an average of 27.

The leading run-scorer for the carnival was Blake Nikitaras. The Country Thunder opening batsman made half-centuries in each of his two matches.

Nikitaras posted consecutive scores of 62 and 74 to put his name forward for selection in the ACT/NSW Country team.

NSW Blues rookie wicketkeeper, batsman, Baxter Holt, was an excellent performer for Metro Thunder. He fell seven runs short of what would have been the only century of the carnival against Country Sixers on Tuesday.

Holt made 93 from 91 balls, however his side went down by four wickets.

Rhys Ward (Metro Sixers) and Rupert Lilburne (Country Thunder) returned strong figures during the carnival. Both bowlers claimed four-wicket hauls in round two.

Ward collected the remarkable figures of 4-5 from six overs against Country Sixers, while Lilburne took 4-31 in his side’s seven wicket win over Metro Thunder.

Final squads for both NSW Metro and ACT/NSW Country will be confirmed within the next two weeks.

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