Sunday, January 10, 2016

Local boys in intrastate cricket win

WHEN it comes to up and coming cricket talent, the Derwent Valley has it in spades.

Just last week, local boys Jack Stevenson, Ryan Banks-Smith and Blake Mayne played for the Southern Storm representative team which emerged victorious in the Under 15 Intrastate Cup at Devonport.

The team played in two 50-over matches and two Twenty20 matches, winning three of the four before defeating the Cricket Tasmania XI by a massive 132 runs on Thursday. This was a 50-over match reduced to 40 due to a wet pitch and surrounds. All three boys played very well and should be proud of themselves.

Ryan Banks-Smith showed he is a batsman of the future, scoring a total of 108 runs and an excellent top score of 40.

Blake Mayne, playing on turf for the first time, put in a very good performance with best bowling figures of 2-9.

Jack Stevenson was praised for his leadership as captain of the team. He took six wickets with best figures of 3-22 and made 35 runs with a top score of 16.

A squad of 16 boys has now been picked from the four sides that competed in the cup and will play in a carnival in Hobart at the end of this month. Congratulations to Jack Stevenson and Ryan Banks-Smith who made that squad. All the best boys and let's hope you both do well and make the State Under 15 team to go to Brisbane in February.
WADE GLEESON

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