THE summer of cricket hasn’t even started and already North Nowra-Cambewarra’s Kaleb Phillips has been starring on pitches all over the country.
Phillips has just returned from Dubbo, where he was representing the ACT/Southern Zone team at the 19s Country Colt Carnival.
“In Dubbo, our Southern/ACT team did great, taking out the carnival,” Phillips said.
“We only ended up playing two games, as the last game was washed out, but we took out the carnival on a count back.
“It was an amazing experience being in the team with the older boys.
“I batted down the order, so I don't get much of a hit, but I didn't get out.
“I bowled four overs each game and took two wickets both days.”
The Nowra High School student is now headed to the Sunshine Coast, where he will play against the top cricketers his age in the country, at the 2016 National Under 17 Male Championships.
“I made the team through my performances in the Bradman Cup in Newcastle in January, the under 16s State Challenge in Sydney in April and the under 17s State Challenge in Coffs Harbour in August, as well as a strong showing at my training sessions with the NSW Cricket Academy this year,” Phillips said.
“We have a gun team, so we are hoping we take it out.
“We have been training together now for six months, so I can't wait to go away with the team.
“Personally, I want to make the most of every opportunity I get, both with the bat and the ball.
“Without a doubt, this is my number one achievement so far in my career.”
Following his return from the September 26 to October 6 tournament, 15-year-old will rip right into the local competitions.
“I will be playing for North Nowra-Cambewarra in the under 16s and first grade and this starts the day after I get back from Queensland,” he said.
“I have also made the Shoalhaven under 16s representative team and that series starts in November.
“I hope to go well in all these competitions this year and aim to make all the corresponding teams again next year.”