Young opener shows class at na­tional level

Narrogin Observer - - Sport - Michael Traill

Nar­ro­gin’s Iszak Mi­len­tis has made a strong state­ment to WA se­lec­tors af­ter an im­pres­sive stint at the Cricket Aus­tralia Un­der-19 Cham­pi­onships.

The for­mer Towns Cricket Club bats­man, who now opens the bat­ting with Cameron Ban­croft for Wil­let­ton in the WACA’s A-grade, fin­ished with the 13th-high­est av­er­age in the na­tional cham­pion- ships. Mi­len­tis was WA’s high­est scorer in the open­ing round against South Aus­tralia but slumped in the fol­low­ing three rounds, mak­ing a com­bined 11 runs.

North­ern Ter­ri­tory bowlers did not have any an­swers for Mi­len­tis in round five of the cham­pi­onships, as he cruised to 112 runs from 136 balls.

Mi­len­tis was robbed of op­por­tu­nity while find­ing his form — miss­ing round six af­ter suf­fer­ing a fin­ger in­jury dur­ing a nets ses­sion, while WA’s fi­nal round eight match was called off be­cause of rain.

In round seven, how­ever, Mi­len­tis was again WA’s high­est scorer, fall­ing just two runs short of an­other cen­tury against Cricket Aus­tralia’s XI.

Mi­len­tis fin­ished his de­but na­tional cam­paign with an av­er­age of 42.5, the third-high­est for WA bats­men.

“I had a great time, it’s great to play a lot of qual­ity cricket, was against the best play­ers go­ing around for the age group,” he said.

“All in all I think they (WA coach­ing staff) were pretty happy.

“I got told be­fore we went away my role was to con­trol the in­nings and bat the 50 overs, a cou­ple of games I was close to do­ing that.

“I’m not too sure where I stand yet (with fu­ture WA se­lec­tion).

“If I’m able to keep train­ing with the WA Academy that’d be awe­some, if not I’ll keep try­ing to make runs at club level.”

Pic­ture: Cricket Aus­tralia

Iszak Mi­len­tis against South Aus­tralia.

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