Aggressive Ashley eyes Bradman Cup
ASHLEY Simes has always been a strokemaker as a batsman.
His red-hot form for Marist Brothers in Far North Coast junior cricket meant he was always going to get a chance in the Hooker League this season.
And on Saturday the 16-year-old did not let playing with the big boys stop him from adopting his typically aggressive style with the willow.
Simes played some slashing shots on his way to an unbeaten 52 against Terranora Lakes in just his second Hooker League match.
That was not the end of his weekend run feast, though.
The next day he opened the batting for Lismore Under-16s against Ballina White and made 126.
Simes heads a list of eight FNC cricketers who will vie for selection in the Bradman Cup North Coast Under-16 team this weekend at Coffs Harbour.
The others are Blake Taylor (Marist Brothers), Jacob Stephenson (Tintenbar-East Ballina), Nathanael Scott (Ballina Bears), Alex Melville (Tweed District), Nick Fuller (Kyogle District), Alex McKee (Casino District) and Ollie James (Lismore District).
Simes' Marist Brothers captain and FNC chairman of junior selectors Craig Ferguson was impressed with the way his young charge took his attacking mindset straight into the Hooker League ranks.
"He scored his runs the way he does in the juniors - at a good rate," Ferguson said.
"I didn't want him to go into his shell just because he got called up to play in the Hooker League.
"With the lively pace Ashley scores his runs, it's just what is required for the limited-overs matches in the Bradman Cup."
Stephenson, Taylor and Scott have also played in the top division this summer.
Stephenson has two wickets and Taylor three while Scott hit 53 against Tintenbar-East Ballina on Saturday.
Ferguson is pleased with the group he will send down to Coffs.
"All eight are in with a good shot of being selected," he said.
"Over the past five years, North Coast has either won the Bradman Cup or made the final.
"It was a lengthy selection process and a very tough group to make it into."
Also this Sunday, selection trials for FNC junior teams will be held at Geoff Watt Oval, Alstonville.
Under-12s will go from 9am to noon and Under-14s and Under-16s from 1pm to 4pm.