From Clunes to Perth and England
LISMORE all-rounder Dain Moreton, now playing club cricket in Western Australia, has been awarded the Adam Gilchrist Development Scholarship for the 2012 English season.
Moreton, 17, is a right-handed batsman and left-arm orthodox spinner.
He is the first Far North Coast cricketer to be chosen.
"I'm really looking forward to it," he told The Northern Star from Perth yesterday.
"Playing in England should be a great experience.
"I had been planning to go over before I was awarded the scholarship so being lucky enough to get it is perfect."
The scholarship includes airfares, a full kit of gear and a season with the Richmond Cricket Club in the Middlesex League near London.
He is the third NSW crick-eter to be selected since Gilchrist started the arrangement in 2004, the others being from Tamworth and Forster.
Adam Gilchrist's father Stan, of Lismore, helps co-ordinate the scholarship and sift through the applications.
"The scholar can come from anywhere in Australia," Stan Gilchrist said.
"The only stipulation is that the successful applicant must come through country cricket.
"We've had young cricketers from Western Australia, South Australia and Victoria, as well as New South Wales."
The Richmond Cricket Club arranges accommodation and provides coaching.
Moreton will train with the MCC Under-23s under coach Mark Alleyne and will have the opportunity to play in the Middlesex Second XI.
He will also get to play at Arundel Castle, which for many years on Ashes tours hosted matches between the Australians and the Duke of Norfolk's XI.
Moreton is from Clunes and basically did it all in junior representative cricket.
He captained North Coast Under-16s to the Bradman Cup title in 2009-10, a team that went on to beat Sydney club Bankstown at the SCG to claim the State junior championship. Moreton top-scored with 50.
That season he made 76 not out as his Clunes team won the Lismore Under-16 final, 100 not out as Lismore took out the FNC Under-16 interdistrict title, then he claimed 5-19 in Lismore's win in the FNC Under-19 final.
Little wonder he was named Lismore District Junior Cricketer of the Year- an award that had Adam Gilchrist's name on it backin 1987-88.
Moreton hit the ground running when he joined Perth Cricket Club in WA this season, creating an immediate impression with runs and wickets in second grade.
He made his first-grade debut in a one-dayer before Christmas and if his form continues he will see more action in the top grade before the end of the summer.
"The culture at my cricket club over here really is unbelievable," he said.
"It's very social but a lot more professional - all the players are self-motivatedto improve their game."