Sam, Noah hit six with un­der 15s cricket se­lec­tion

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CRICKET: Two Lai­d­ley Blue Dogs Cricket Club play­ers Noah Em­mer­son and Sam An­der­son have been se­lected to play for the Queens­land Un­der-15 Male State Team, with both skilled play­ers ea­ger for the chance to rep­re­sent their state at the Na­tional Cham­pi­onships from Fe­bru­ary 7-14.

Alex Welsh, team cap­tain for the Lai­d­ley men’s first grade team, which Noah has played with all year, said the boys had “great attitudes”.

“They’re both very tal­ented and, for both boys, this is their first year at the club. They’ve set­tled in re­ally well be­cause they’re both good young kids with good heads on their shoul­ders,” Welsh said.

“It’s fan­tas­tic — we’re chuffed to bits for them and it’s a great achievemen­t and we want them to keep im­prov­ing and keep en­joy­ing it.”

Noah, from Mul­go­wie, and Sam, from Toowoomba, will be train­ing in Bris­bane twice a week ahead of next month’s cham­pi­onships.

Noah’s fa­ther, Si­mon, said his son had played cricket since he was six.

“He’s grown up with cricket,” Si­mon said.

He said the boys were phoned last week in­form­ing them of their se­lec­tions.

“Noah’s very ex­cited. He played in it last year so he’s pretty aware of what it’s all about and keen to go and see how good they can be.”

Sam said said he was very ex­cited and was train­ing ev­ery day.

“I’m just try­ing to hit as many balls as I can at the mo­ment,” he said

Sam, who has been play­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tive cricket for about four years, said he found cricket “very re­ward­ing” and he en­joyed the game’s team na­ture.

“I now know peo­ple from all over Queens­land and I’ve made re­ally good mates,” he said.

“I think the amount of train­ing you do and the amount of balls you get to have for that one re­ally good in­nings to show ev­ery­one how hard you’ve worked … it’s just re­ally re­ward­ing.”

His dad, John, said Sam had en­joyed whack­ing balls right from an early age. Of­fi­cially he’s been play­ing since he was eight or nine.

“He’s al­ways loved it,” John said.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

TOP DOGS: Lai­d­ley Dis­trict Cricket club mem­bers Noah Em­mer­son and Sam An­der­son.

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