RISING STAR: Wicketkeeper-batsman Lewin Maladay in action in for Lennox Head in Far North Coast LJ Hooker League cricket. Maladay is in the Australian Under-19 team for a five-match series against Sri Lanka in Hobert.
RISING STAR: Wicketkeeper-batsman Lewin Maladay in action in for Lennox Head in Far North Coast LJ Hooker League cricket. Maladay is in the Australian Under-19 team for a five-match series against Sri Lanka in Hobert. Marc Stapelberg

Hard work pays off for talented young 'keeper

LENNOX Head cricketer Lewin Maladay will hope for a move up the batting order when the Australian Under-19 team starts its five-match one-day series against Sri Lanka today.

The teams have already played a three-day match, where the Australian all- rounder Jack Edwards hit a century and Jonathan Merlo was 100 not out.

Maladay, a wicket- keeper-batsman, had the chance to bat only in the second innings after Australia declared at 6-309.

He scored 17 runs and finished the game in Hobart with five catches in a match that was drawn.

Lennox Head coach Paul Everingham still works with Maladay behind the stumps and was there to see him play.

"He's worked really hard over the years and he deserves every opportunity he gets,” Everingham said.

"He definitely ticks all the right boxes and I think he'll move up the order for the one-dayers.”

Tweed Heads product Max Bryant is also in the Australian Under-19s with former Test players Matthew Elliot and Ryan Harris coaching the side.

Maladay was still playing Far North Coast LJ Hooker League cricket at the start of last season before moving to Sydney where he made his first-grade debut.

He made the Australian Under-17 merit squad, represented ACT/NSW Country in the Under-19 national championships and was selected for the NSW Second XI.

"Lewin has performed well at academy and every level he has played so it's not surprising to see him doing so well,” Everingham said.

"It's all happened quickly but he had a decent first year in Sydney and is reaping the rewards now.

"He still has a bit of work ahead of him and wicket- keepers need to score runs to keep progressing.”

The five-match series will be streamed on the Cricket Australia website.



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