Cricketer closes in on his dream
BALLINA Bears cricketer Nathanael Scott has always had the desire to play for Australia.
That is why his selection as the North Coast under-16 captain in the upcoming NSW Country Cricket Bradman Cup will not surprise many people.
Scott was named in the squad alongside Marist Brothers pair Ashley Simes and Blake Taylor and Tintenbar-East Ballina's Jacob Stephenson.
The carnival will be held at Wollongong from January 9-12.
Scott set himself a target a long way back to be in top condition for the North Coast trials which were at Coffs Harbour at the weekend.
"The Bradman Cup is the biggest competition I've been picked for," he said.
"I worked hard on making the team for a couple of months leading into this season.
"It's nice to know all that work has paid off.
"My dream in cricket has always been to play for Australia."
Scott is not just sitting back and waiting for good things to happen to him on the cricket field.
He has been a regular at Ballina first grade training sessions since he was 12.
This helped him notch up his first LJ Hooker League half century during the Bears' just completed two-day win over Tintenbar-East Ballina. Scott scored 53.
"I got out playing a bad shot and I could've scored a hundred," he said.
"But getting 50 for the first time at that level was a relief.
"The only reason why I batted at No 3 that day was because we had a few guys away and that gave me a good opportunity.
"I've trained with the guys since I was 12 so they're not just my teammates but also my best mates.
"They've taught me some good tricks along the way."
Those tricks, hints and tips have seen Scott mature into the natural leader he is today.
He not only wants his side to perform on the field in the Bradman Cup but also wants his teammates to exercise discipline off the field.
"We just missed out on the final last year," he said.
"This year, as much as anything else I want the guys to be well behaved off the field and to prepare well."
The under-14 North Coast squad for the Country Cricket NSW Kookaburra Cup at Taree from January 16-19 was also named.
It includes Stuart Frost (Ballina), Lewin Maladay (Byron Bay) and Mitchell Pearce (Alstonville).