Familiar faces lead the way with the bat

WHAT an experienced line-up we have this week! It looks like it’s going to be an interesting race to be the most selected player for the season. Adam Ison has taken the lead with his fifth selection, but he has three others not far behind with four.  

1. Adam Ison (North Nowra-Cambewarra Maroons under 16s) What a great effort from the Norths and Shoalhaven captain who has been selected in the team for a record fifth time (hold for applause). This time it’s for his batting after he made an impressive 75, including eight fours and two sixes during his side’s win over Ulladulla. 

2. Luke Huard (Shoalhaven under 14s) Adam Ison may be in the lead, but his opening partner Huard is nipping at his heels with his fourth selection in the side. Huard has scored a mountain of runs for his club side this season, but this week it is his efforts at rep level that sees him get the nod. In putting on 119 for the first wicket, Huard played a great innings of 80 to lead Shoalhaven to a grand final win against Highlands. 

3. Thomas Dolby (Bay and Basin under 14s) At first drop, Dolby is just as familiar to the team as his openers, earning his fourth selection. Dolby is having an amazing season, with runs in juniors, rep and grade and in the last week he made 85 for his club side and 68 in the grand final for Shoalhaven. 

4. Matt Gilkes (Ulladulla under 16s) Another one taking his place in the team for the fourth time is the Ulladulla skipper Matt Gilkes. Gilkes is averaging over 80 for his club this season and his knock of 55 against North’s Maroons certainly did him no harm last week. Also played his part with the ball with 2/3 from three overs. 

5. Kyle Jarrett (Ulladulla under 14s) Jarrett is yet another well-known face in this week’s strong batting line up. Hit six fours and a six before retiring on 53 against Nowra on Saturday and he can bowl as well. Took 2/2 from two overs (wouldn’t we love to hear Richie Benaud say that?) and took 1/0 in the second innings.  

6. Liam McPherson (Batemans Bay under 14s) Liam (Elle) McPherson is a new face in the team, but is definitely deserving of his place. After taking 2/17 with the ball, McPherson hit five fours and two sixes before retiring on 50 in his side’s win over Bay and Basin. 

7. Dylan Turner (North Nowra-Cambewarra Maroons under 16s) Turner played a great supporting role to Adam Ison during Norths Maroons win over Ulladulla, making his second half-century of the season with a knock of 50.  

8. Marley Arthur (North Nowra-Cambewarra Blues under 10s) Marley is worthy on of an allrounder spot after producing a show-stopping performance with bat and ball against Nowra on Saturday. He smashed four consecutive boundaries in scoring 25 runs and then picked up 2/5 with the ball. 

9. Matt Hiriart (Bay and Basin under 16s) Hiriart is the first of the bowlers in this week’s side for his spell of 3/8 from two overs against Norths Blues. While it wasn’t enough to make a difference in the game, it was an impressive effort on a day where his fellow bowlers really struggled. 

10. Thomas Cooney (North Nowra-Cambewarra Maroons under 12s) The battle between the two Norths sides kept everyone on the edge of their seats until the final ball, but thanks to Cooney’s bowling, it was the Maroons who came away with the points. Thomas was in the thick of the action all day with 15 runs, a run out before taking 3/10 from four overs. 

11. Matthew Thompson (Sussex Inlet under 12s) Thompson rounds out the bowling attack this week for his spell of 3/10, which helped set up a win for his side against Nowra at Sussex Inlet Oval.

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