Youngsters pitch their skills
THE future of WA cricket was on show recently as 72 of the State’s best young cricketers vied to impress WACA talent scouts.
The WACA Under-15 Talent Carnival is a crucial part of the WA cricket pathway, with the likes of current Western Warriors and Perth Scorchers players Ashton Turner, Hilton Cartwright and Will Bosisto playing there as juniors.
Players who impressed at the carnival will be selected for the WA Under-15 Schoolboys squad in March, which will tour Darwin in June for the National State Schoolboys Champi- onships. In three days, there were nine 50-over games.
Playing for Metro Orange Rhys McVeig from Perth Cricket Club in Carlisle scored 69.
Playing for Metro White, Midland-Guildford Cricket Club’s Matthew Russo impressed with 59 on the first day, supported by Munya Matema from Melville who scored 45 not out.
Day two highlights included Wanneroo’s Tristan Hobley’s 74 playing for Metro Black, Fraser Oates 54 for Country Gold and Subiaco-Floreat’s Hamish McKenzie’s 99 for Metropolitan White, and 2-12 from 10 overs.
Warriors and Scorchers coach Justin Langer is a huge supporter of the carnival and called on all youngsters involved to make the most of it.
"It’s an unbelievable opportunity for our best young talented kids in Western Australia from the city and country to get together over three days and play some cricket,” Langer said.
"We’ve got these young guys now who are great athletes and really talented players who’ve come through our pathway and now they’re professional cricketers.”
Aquinas College student Iszak Milentis opened for Country Gold. Caitlin Cridland (left) holding the Lesley Hunt Perpetual Trophy for
WA Womens State Grasscourt Champion with Marinela Antonic.