Six of the best in rep team
FAR North Coast cricketers have filled six places in the North Coastal Zone team to contest the coveted Under 16 Bradman Cup Country Championship in Wollongong next month.
And although the side has some big shoes to fill, coach Paul Everingham is confident it can at least match the efforts of the last three zone teams to make the country final.
Marist Brothers’ off-spinner and middle order batsman Dain Moreton has been named captain of the team which also includes team-mate Nick de Giusti, Lismore leg-spinner Jake Hellyar, Casino medium paceman Mathew Barber and the Tweed pair of wicketkeeper Sam Reading and left-arm medium paceman Dylan Master.
It is the second time 15-year-old Reading has made the team, with de Giusti matching his efforts last year by coming into the side as a 14-year-old.
A left-handed middle order batsman and right-arm off-spin bowler, de Giusti has been labelled a key player in the side for the championship to be played in Wollongong from January 4.
The six were selected following trials in Coffs Harbour at the weekend and join five other players from the North Coast
“It’s a great team on paper,” Everingham said yesterday.
“Sometimes that doesn’t follow through on the field, but in this instance it will be different.
“I have very high expectations, even to the level of matching the zone team from four years ago which won the Bradman Cup and then went on to beat their city metropolitan counterparts.”