Coun­ties play­ers se­lected

Franklin County News - - GARDENING -

Katene Clarke (Pukeko­heMetro Cricket Club) and San­deep Pa­tel ( Manukau City Cricket Club) have been named in the 15-man New Zealand squad to play in the ICC Un­der 19 World Cup held in New Zealand this month.

The squad was an­nounced at the end of the Na­tional Un­der 19 Tour­na­ment in Christchurch where the prote´ge´s played for North­ern Dis­tricts.

Clarke, 18, was se­lected as a bats­man, al­though he does do some part- time bowl­ing, and Pa­tel, 19, was se­lected as an all-rounder.

Their pro­mo­tion comes as no sur­prise to any­one in­volved at Coun­ties Manukau Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion (CMCA).

Both play­ers made their club pre­mier­ship de­buts aged 14 (Pa­tel for Manukau and Clarke for Wey­mouth) and both are reg­u­lars in the CMCA Se­nior Men’s team, Pa­tel hav­ing played 12 matches for his prov­ince.

Any­one who had not heard of young Clarke, with an ‘e’ on the end, sat up and no­ticed him at the Na­tional U19 Tour­na­ment.

He was top scorer at the event– hit­ting 383 runs, 120 runs more than any­one else.

Katene’s brother, Ta­mati, played in the 2008 ICC Un­der19 World Cup in Malaysia.

The ICC Un­der19 World Cup starts on Satur­day, January 13 and New Zealand is pooled with South Africa, West Indies and Kenya.

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