Cricket. Nine local boys will represent the north-west in cricket at the Interstate Cup throughout the month of January.
The young cricketers are: Thomas Lewis in the under-16s; Liam McLaren and Pearce Watling in the u15s; Lewis Nicholls in the u14s; and Sam Lewis, Bailey Grey, Logan Smith, Ben Spinks and Ryan Nibbs in the u13s.
Following selection in September, the boys trained in Burnie over eight weeks, meeting with new team mates from farther along the coast.
The locals will be giving it their all, especially the older players – whose performances will be watched for State selection.
Glen McLaren, who coaches most of the boys in the Circular Head Cowbiz Colts and the Country Cricket Challenge, said the boys are in for some good cricket over the duration of the tournament, with 50-over, 40-over and Twenty20 games played on turf.
As well as playing two Tasmanian sides – South and North – the u15s will play a Victorian side, and the u16s will take on the under-15 Tasmanian State team.
McLaren said he expects the boys will be in for some tough competition.
“South is always going to be hard, but (the local boys will) be competitive.”
McLaren said representative teams have fared well in previous years, with two of the three age-groups finishing runner-up in last year’s series.
From last year’s series, Nicholls was picked to represent the Tasmanian State side. This year, McLaren said he thinks top-order bastman and right-arm off-spin bowler Watling is in with a chance.