Cricket Victoria and the Youth Selection Panel are pleased to announce the Victorian under-17 and under-19 squads for the Male National Championships.
A team of 13 have been selected to represent the state at the Under-17 National Championships in Hobart from December 10 to December 20, while a squad of 16 have been chosen for the under-19 tournament with the team to be refined closer to the series’ starting date in Adelaide on January 7 2013.
The under-19 side will be led by Commonwealth Bank Bushrangers rookie Meyrick Buchanan, as well as representatives from last year’s team, Jack Paynter and Dominic McGlinchey.
Gisborne’s Jack Baker will be the only player from last year’s under-17 side to return to the team while Liam Banthorpe and Sam Harper have been selected after impressing in Victoria’s under-15 side earlier this year.
Selection of the under-17 team followed the final trial game played on the weekend with coach Graeme Rummans thrilled with the amount of match opportunities available prior to final selection.
“Some players have competed in all six games played, whilst other had played five games,” Rummans said.
“The positive to date has been the way games have been played, this year’s squad have played positive cricket in all games and really provided the Youth Selection Panel with some headaches going into final selection.
“The final team has a good blend of skill sets and we look forward to watching them compete in December at the National Championships.”
Victorian U17 Team Luke Ford – Barwon Rockets Patrick McKenna – Central Highlanders Jack Baker – Central Highlanders Matt Short – Central Highlanders Taylor Tatterson – Gippsland Pride Jake Wood – Sth East Country Sharks Guy Walker – North West Wizards Ejaz Alavi – Northern Falcons Matthew Bullen – Northern Falcons Liam Banthorpe – Northern Falcons Sam Harper – Outer East Eagles Jack Blain – Outer East Eagles Kieran Elliott – Western Spirit
Victorian U19 Squad Meyrick Buchanan – Barwon Rockets Scott Dixon – Barwon Rockets Dominic McGlinchey – Barwon Rockets Jack Paynter – Mallee Murray Bulls Ben Ashkenazi – Sth East Country Sharks Corey Ogle – Western Waves Sam Kerber – Western Waves Tom Russ – Inner East Emus Mark Phelan – Northern Falcons Pat Ashton – Outer East Eagles Matthew Fotia – Outer East Eagles Jack Harper – Outer East Eagles Lincoln Edwards – Sth East Bayside Breakers Liam Tonkin – Sth East Bayside Breakers Josh Manning – Sth East Bayside Breakers Jack Taylor – Southern Metro Pioneers