Young­sters pitch their skills

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Sport -

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.

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