He's raring to go
HE may have a lot to learn, but Jordan Williams already has the pedigree to go far in cricket.
The 14-year-old paceman - a distant relative of Aust
ralian cricket greats Don Bradman and Doug Walters - is preparing to pit his wits for the Mosman club against some of metropolitan Sydney's best young players in the under-16 AW Green Shield competition.
Modanville-based Williams is believed to be one of the first FNC players to feature in the tournament and was selected for the North Sydney side after club officials saw his skills on a video.
Michael Wood, who has been coaching the Richmond River High School student and put forward Josh's name for consideration, said his charge was following in some pretty good company.
"In Sydney at the moment there are not too many raw fast bowlers," he said. "Teams like Mosman are looking to country areas now for pace bowlers.
"We've clocked Jordan bowling at 115kmh, which for his age is pretty quick.
"From memory, the last player from this region to play in this competition was a bloke called Adam Gilchrist - and he wasn't bad."
The Year 9 student was nominated for selection after narrowly missing out on the North Coast side for a place at the forthcoming Bradman Cup tournament.
He has already taken 10 wickets at an average of 13.9 for the Cavalier Colts this season in the Casino senior A-grade competition.
Hard-working Jordan, who also plays for the Eastern Districts club in Lismore District Junior Cricket Association action, said cricket had taken over his life.
"My Mum says all she heard about from me is cricket," he said with a cheeky grin.
The tournament will feature 20 teams from across Sydney, battling it out over seven rounds during the regular season.
Matches take place at some of the biggest ovals in Sydney, with Mosman playing at the Allan Border Oval.
"Just hearing names like that makes you go 'wow," said Jordan, who will hook up with his club ahead of its next match next Sunday.
"I know there's players who have played this tournament and gone on to represent Australia. You don't get opportunities like this every day, that's for sure.
"I just thought it was a good chance to learn some new skills. I'm just going to try and put it in the right areas and see what happens."