A season of highs, and Lewin soaks it all up
A SEASON of highs for young Bangalow cricketer Lewin Maladay will keep on coming this weekend when he heads to the Hunter Valley for the Under-16 Bradman Cup carnival.
Lewin has been part of Lennox Head's undefeated run in the Far North Coast LJ Hooker League and this week he represented Ballina District in its successful assault on the Country Shield knockout play-offs at Cowra.
That's not bad going in senior cricket for someone who has just turned 16.
Lewin, a wicketkeeper-batsman, is one of six Far North Coast boys in the North Coast team for the Bradman Cup carnival at Maitland and Singleton starting on Monday.
He and Lennox Head teammate Isaac Fisher, a batsman, were also in the team that finished third at Nowra last season.
"I'll definitely go into the carnival with more confidence this time, being a year older," he said.
Opening bowlers Stuart Frost (Ballina) and Jeremy Perkins (Lismore), all-rounder Max Bryant (Tweed) and off-spinner Jacob Wood (Casino) will also represent North Coast next week.
Lewin's Hooker League season included an unbeaten century partnership for the last wicket to pull off an astonishing win over defending premiers Cudgen.
"That was huge," Lewin said. "We were really playing for a draw when Isaac (Fisher) and I came together and as we kept batting we had no idea we were getting so close but in the end we managed to get the runs."
The experience of being part of the Ballina team that clinched the Country Shield is something else Lewin will remember fora long time.
Ballina defeated Robertson Burrawang in the semi-finals and home team Cowra in the final.