Beckett continues to make the grade

BOMADERRY cricketer Lain Beckett has continued his assault on the cricketing world after the fast bowler was selected in the Under 19 Australian Championships team of the championships.

Representing the ACT, Beckett was the fifth highest wicket taker of the championships, which ran from December 2 to 12 in Hobart.

Beckett totaled 12 wickets, with an innings high of 3/35. 

It was a sweet selection for the 18-year-old, who just missed out on making the NSW team.

Over the 10 days, Beckett played five matches made up of two one day games and three two day games.

The ACT managed to bring home two wins against Tasmania and the Northern Territory.

But it was a close finish to the championships, with the top four positions coming down to the final rounds.

The ACT, Queensland, Victoria and Western Australia were also challenging for the tournament title heading into the last round, but NSW were too strong and finished a consistent tournament as victors, with ACT finishing fourth.

“Going into the last round we needed to win against South Australia and NSW needed to lose,” Beckett explained.

Despite this, Beckett said there was no added pressure going into the last round.

“The main focus was just to win our game and not worry about other results,” he said.

On the last night of the championships the team of the championships was announced at the presentation.

Here it was revealed Beckett would join the likes of Josh Inglis (Western Australia), Jake Doran (NSW) and Matthew Renshaw (Queensland) as the best performers of the tournament, the only one selected from ACT.

Beckett revealed that he had not even been considering selection when his name was called.

“I had no idea, it was a complete surprise,” he said.

Besides the championship team selection, Beckett said another highlight for him was ACT’s defeat of the Northern Territory.

It was here Beckett bowled his innings high of 3/35, and hit an unbeaten 47 runs, but he said it was his team’s grit that made it a memorable moment.

“We were in a really good position but started to switch off a bit. So we really had to come together to finish the job,” he said.

“It was a pretty good game all round for everyone.”

The championships were Beckett’s first underage other than the Imparja Cup.

“It was a good experience to be away for such a long period and to get a feel as to what it would be like to play state cricket, which is the main goal,” he said. 

“I just wanted to enjoy it and make the most of the opportunities that I had,” he said.

After a stellar few years playing for Shoalhaven Ex-Servicemen’s, Beckett this year made the step up to the Sydney competition, playing third and second grade for Sutherland.

Beckett was recently selected in the NSW Imparja Cup squad for the second time to compete in the carnival in Alice Springs in February.

Beckett thanked his mother and father for their support.

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