Ballina cricketer passes half-century with a broken finger
BALLINA cricketer Nathanael Scott defied a broken finger to play a key role for the Northern Stars in the under-19 State Challenge in Sydney.
Just home after a five-month stint playing in England, the opening batsman blasted 57 runs in his first game back against South Coast.
The Northern Stars, a combined North Coast and Central North side, went on to win all three of their games at the State Challenge.
Their success was recognised with Lismore all-rounder Nick De Guisti named in the NSW Country team but the broken finger hurt Scott's bid for selection.
After his impressive first-up effort, Scott was dismissed for 3 and 19 in the following games.
"To get picked you really need to be consistent and score runs in every innings," Scott said.
"If I'd gone on to make a 100 on that first day then maybe that would have been enough.
"I'd like to think I was close but I didn't go in expecting to be selected.
"We were really happy to come away with the three wins when a lot of people thought we wouldn't."
Scott spent the off-season playing for the Richmond in the south-west of London.
He was assisted on his way by Stan Gilchrist and the Northern Rivers branch of the Lord's Taverners.
Richmond is the same club cricket legend and Lismore-raised Adam Gilchrist played at when he was a teenager.
"I was playing about four games a week over there and we won our division (second grade)," Scott said.
"It was a higher standard than what I was playing here in the LJ Hooker League and I'd love to go back eventually."
Scott, 17, plans to finish high school next year before a possible move to Sydney or Brisbane for cricket.
He will line up for Ballina Bears in the Far North Coast LJ Hooker League this season.
"I'm really looking forward to the season with Bears," he said. "We have a good team and hopefully we can win the premiership."