Above: Xav Bowes from Eden was presented with a set of pads used by Glenn Maxwell for his spirit and attitude throughout the NSW Youth Championships. Photo courtesy Far South Coast Cricket FB.
The NSW Youth Championships concluded in Dubbo over the weekend. The Thunder Pool for country regions in the state’s south and west took in the best country players in divisions from Under 13’s to Under 15’s. All up, there were eight teams in each age group stretching from the Illawarra to the ACT and Riverina.
Eden CC had Joey Elton, Xavier Bowes representing the ACT/Southern U15 Barons and Rahul Mudaliar in the ACT/Southern U15 Kings. Sam Lever of Bega Angledale CC was also a member of the Kings.
Bobby McAlpin of Pambula CC played for the ACT/Southern U14 Barons side.
The U15 Barons narrowly won the tournament by a mere bonus point from the Kings. Xavier Bowes was appointed vice captain of the Barons and had a good tournament opening the bowling for his side in the latter stages and taking economical wickets. Xav was presented with a set of pads used by Glenn Maxwell for his spirit and attitude throughout the carnival. Joey split his time opening the bowling while also getting a few top order bats.
For the Kings, Sam Lever and Rahul Mudaliar stamped themselves as two of the better bowlers in the district. Sam demonstrated good skill and control with the ball to get eight wickets at an average of ten through the carnival. His best game was against Greater Southern where he picked up two for 22 off 8 quality overs.
Rahul showed he is one of the quicker bowlers getting around extracting pace and bounce on the slow pitches. He finished with 4 wickets at 13 while also averaging 27 with the bat. His best was a fiery spell against Western when he knocked over their openers taking two for 12.
Bobby’s Under 14 Barons also had a strong tournament finishing fourth in their pool.
Bobby batted in the top order for the Barons finishing with 48 runs for the carnival. His best score of 21 against Murrumbidgee.
Full credit to all the players and parents for their commitment to the carnival stretching over the last month and clocking up thousands of kilometres.