Young opener shows class at national level
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.”
Iszak Milentis against South Australia.