State hon­ours for Jack­son

Albany Advertiser - - SPORT - Cameron New­bold

Al­bany crick­eter Bryce Jack­son’s rise through the ranks will see him fi­nally play rep­re­sen­ta­tive cricket for WA, when he is part of the un­der-19 side that will de­fend their ti­tle at next month’s na­tional cham­pi­onships in Tas­ma­nia.

Hav­ing pre­vi­ously been se­lected to play for WA at un­der-age level but hav­ing to with­draw mainly through a trou­ble­some back is­sue, the tal­ented fast bowler will step out for his State at the cham­pi­onships in Ho­bart and Launce­s­ton.

The 17-year-old was thrilled to be in­cluded in the WA side af­ter a few ner­vous weeks await­ing fi­nal se­lec­tion.

“We had such a great squad — I wasn’t sure if I was go­ing to get picked,” Jack­son said.

“In the prac­tice games and train­ing, I kept putting my best foot for­ward but you get pretty ner­vous wait­ing to hear.

“It will be my first time go­ing away and I can’t wait. In­jury has pre­vented me from go­ing be­fore but my back is good and ev­ery­thing feels re­ally good. This pro­gram has helped my de­vel­op­ment.”

Jack­son played for Colling­wood Park in the Al­bany Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion be­fore mov­ing as a teenager to Perth, where he be­gan play­ing colts for Melville and made his first-grade de­but in the WACA Pre­mier Cricket com­pe­ti­tion ear­lier this sea­son. Af­ter over­com­ing a nig­gling back in­jury, the rightarmer has re­turned to full fit­ness, play­ing four first-grade one­day matches and two pre­mier Twenty20 games.

This sea­son, in all for­mats, he has taken eight wick­ets at an av­er­age of 32 while av­er­ag­ing 18 with the bat. “The move to Perth is re­ally pay­ing off,” Jack­son said.

“It was a tough call to leave the fam­ily, es­pe­cially my par­ents, but I wanted to get that op­por­tu­nity.

“Down there (Al­bany), I wasn’t get­ting the best out of my­self, so I’m glad I’ve given my­self a chance.”

He ex­pects to play an im­por­tant role with the ball at the cham­pi­onships from De­cem­ber 4-15.

“I’ll be happy with what­ever op­por­tu­nity I’m given, whether that’s the new ball or bowl­ing first change,” he said.

“As long as I’m out there rep­re­sent­ing WA.” Jack­son is one of 13 play­ers named in the fi­nal team coached by Ste­wart Wal­ters.

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