NORTH COAST HONOURS: Ballina cricketer Stuart Frost (right) and teammate Jacob Wood are among the FNC representatives at this year’s Bradman Cup.
NORTH COAST HONOURS: Ballina cricketer Stuart Frost (right) and teammate Jacob Wood are among the FNC representatives at this year’s Bradman Cup. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Frosty reception for Cup

THERE is likely to be even more venom in Stuart Frost's deliveries at this season's Bradman Cup.

The Ballina paceman will earn more representative honours after being included in the North Coast for the tournament, which features some of the best under-16 players in the state.

Frost was a member of the region's under-14 team which reached the final of the 2012/13 Kookaburra Cup, before losing to the Central Coast in an exciting final.

With a re-match against the same opponents scheduled this time around, Frost, who also tasted final disappointment with the region's Kookaburra Cup team in 2011/12, is looking forward to some payback.

"I really want to win this year, especially if we come up against the Central Coast at this level," he said. "I want to try and give them something back.

"It's amazing playing at this level.

"I just want to perform as best I can and hopefully we can go well."

Frost was an impressive performer at last year's Kookaburra Cup, taking a handful of wickets during the group stages.

He was selected for the Bradman Cup, which features eight zonal teams from across regional NSW, after impressing ahead of scores of hopefuls at trials.

The eight-team tournament, which this year takes place in Newcastle, has featured some of Australia's best young cricketers in previous years.

Frost, who plays for Ballina Bears' second grade side, is hoping for an upturn in his personal fortunes at the tournament.

"I haven't been bowling that well so far this season, so hopefully I can pick up," he said.

"I've played alongside a lot of these guys before, so I know what's waiting.

"I don't usually suffer from nerves, so hopefully that will not be a problem.

"It's just good to get recognised at this level and know that I'm going pretty well with my cricket."

The two pool winners meet in the final of the 50-over event, which gets started on Monday.

BRADMAN CUP

When: Monday, January 6-Thursday, January 9

Where: Newcastle (various ovals).

FNC fixtures: Western (Monday), Central Coast (Tuesday), Central North (Wednesday).

FNC representatives in the North Coast squad: Lewin Maladay, Isaac Fisher, Max Bryant, Jacob Wood, Jeremy Perkins, Stuart Frost



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