Al­bany pair in State squad

Albany Advertiser - - SPORT - Cameron New­bold

Al­bany will have dual rep­re­sen­ta­tion at the Cricket Aus­tralia Un­der-19 Na­tional Cham­pi­onships af­ter emerg­ing all-rounder Michael Fer­reira and front­line pace­man Bryce Jack­son were se­lected in the WA team last week.

The un­der-19 na­tional cham­pi­onships will be played in Ade­laide from De­cem­ber 3-13 and will fea­ture some of the most promis­ing young cricket prospects in the coun­try, with Fer­reira and Jack­son set to play im­por­tant roles for WA.

It’s a break­through mo­ment for Fer­reira, who will rep­re­sent his State for the first time, while the older Jack­son is raring to de­liver a strong per­for­mance at his sec­ond con­sec­u­tive cham­pi­onships.

The son of for­mer Zim­bab­wean Test opener Neil Fer­reira, Michael Fer­reira has had a cou­ple of big weeks af­ter mak­ing his first-grade de­but for Mid­land-Guil­ford in the WA Pre­mier Cricket Com­pe­ti­tion last month.

He snared the wick­ets of prize bats­man Josh Philippe and Nick Maiolo and the qui­etly spo­ken 17year-old said it had been an ex­cit­ing pe­riod.

“It’s been re­ally good go­ing to Perth and get­ting those op­por­tu­ni­ties,” Fer­reira said.

“I didn’t think I’d play first-grade so quickly.

“(Josh Philippe) ran at me in my first two balls so it was pretty ex­cit­ing to get him.”

Cur­rently fin­ish­ing school ex­ams, Fer­reira is play­ing lo­cally for North County and is pre­par­ing to move to Perth, where he will con­tinue play­ing with Mid­landGuil­ford.

He said re­main­ing in the coun­try rather than mov­ing to Perth had as­sisted his cricket.

“There is some coun­try guys in the team but most live in Perth or have been based there for some time,” he said.

“Play­ing down here in the men’s com­pe­ti­tion, you get a lot of op­por­tu­nity and it’s def­i­nitely helped.

“I’ve got a bit of ex­tra pace with my bowl­ing this year, so I want to try and help with bat and ball and hope­fully help us win the tour­na­ment.”

Liv­ing in Perth, Jack­son re­turned home this week with his work and said he was ea­ger to lead the WA at­tack af­ter learn­ing plenty on de­but at last year’s cham­pi­onships. “I gained some ex­pe­ri­ence from last year and I see my­self as a front­line bowler this year,” Jack­son said.

“I re­ally want to set the tone for us at the car­ni­val and put my mark on it.

“I’ve been get­ting good pace through and de­vel­op­ing more vari- ation. It’s great to see coun­try kids be­ing recog­nised with se­lec­tion.”

The 18-year-old from Colling­wood Park plays for Melville in the WA Pre­mier Cricket com­pe­ti­tion.

He has taken six wick­ets in three sec­ond-grade games this sea­son and also played first grade in the open­ing round.

Nar­ro­gin’s Iszak Mi­len­tis (Wil­let­ton) is the vice-cap­tain of the side, while for­mer Al­bany res­i­dent Taj Fer­gus­son (Scar­bor­ough) has also been picked in the fi­nal team of 13.

Pic­ture: Lau­rie Ben­son

Al­bany crick­eters Bryce Jack­son and Michael Fer­reira will rep­re­sent WA at the na­tional un­der-19 cricket cham­pi­onships next month.

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