Eye on young bats­man

SPOORS ONLY WEST AUS­TRALIAN IN UN­DER-19S SIDE

Wanneroo Weekender - - Sport -

WANNEROO bats­man Matthew Spoors will be the only West Aus­tralian in the Aus­tralian un­der-19s side when it faces Sri Lanka in Tas­ma­nia this month.

The 17-year-old’s se­lec­tion comes off the back of a solid per­for­mance for WA’s un­der-19s con­tin­gent, which won the na­tional cham­pi­onship last year.

Spoors’ all-round abil­i­ties stood out in the eight games of the tour­na­ment, with the teenager scor­ing 153 runs and tak­ing 11 wick­ets at an av­er­age of 19.82.

His best fig­ures of 4-21 came against Tas­ma­nia in the sixth game of the cam­paign.

Lo­cally, Spoors scored 277 runs across 10 games for Wanneroo’s top men’s side in the WA Pre­mier Cricket com­pe­ti­tion this sea­son.

Na­tional tal­ent man­ager Greg Chap­pell said it was an im­por­tant series as se­lec­tors looked ahead to next year’s un­der-19 World Cup.

“This is a young un­der-19s squad, with ev­ery player ex­cept wick­et­keeper Lewin Mal­a­day el­i­gi­ble for se­lec­tion for the World Cup,” he said. “We ex­pect that this team will be ex­tremely com­pet­i­tive against Sri Lanka.”

Aus­tralia will play one three­day match and five one-day matches be­gin­ning April 8.

Bats­man Matthew Spoors in ac­tion.

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