Bega Valley cricket junors make future stars

Stumped mates: Zak Keogh and Oliver Joyce share a laugh after taking each other's wicket in Saturday's under 14 clash.
Stumped mates: Zak Keogh and Oliver Joyce share a laugh after taking each other's wicket in Saturday's under 14 clash.

The Far South Coast is showing its strength in the cricket arena with a large group of junior reps on top of their game. 

Bega spin bowler Jade Allen will pull on the green and gold to represent Australia in the under 15s girls line-up after a successful showing at the Nationals. 

Jade played for the NSW Metro roster and made selection for the Australian squad, which will train in Brisbane later this year after a great display of ability and finesse. 

Meanwhile, two fast bowlers also got the chance to shine when Eden’s Jessie Mudaliar and Bega’s Janet King helped the ACT under 15s to an inaugural victory at the Western Districts Carnival in Oragne. 

The two girls were on fire with their bowling as the ACT side romped to a win over Western NSW in the competition final. 

Officials from the FSC Cricket Association said it was phenomenal to see girls cricket on the rise and already having such talented players in the local ranks. 

However, not all the honours have gone to the girls, with some local boys also playing well in representative draws. 

Merimbula fast bowler Jem Ryan and Pambula Batsman Zak Keogh also performed well when they took the field for NSW in the recent PSSA National Carnival in the ACT. 

After a strong showing their, both boys competed in Dubbo last week for the Country Thunder Storm in the eight-team under 13s NSW State Challenge where they made a fantastic impact. 

Continuing the good news for local rep cricketers, Merimbula’s Tom Kellar took part in the under 14s Kookaburra Cup in Griffith as a member of the Marlins.

He also played well and then contested the NSW State Challenge in Dubbo in the under 14s age bracket. 

In regular play, Bega’s under 14s went down after a closely fought battle with the Pambula Bluedogs juniors at the weekend. 

Pambula amassed a solid innings of 7/169 runs despite a fantastic effort from Bega’s Nathan O’Brien who claimed three wickets for just nine runs. 

Officials also said Oliver Joyce took a one-handed screamer of a catch at long-on to dismiss Zak Keogh in the final over on 65 runs. 

Bega batted well and was right in the runs chase until the Bluedogs dismissed Nic Fantham on 40 with the Bega side finishing on 8/142. 

In a quirky bit of payback, Oliver was run out by Zak on the final ball of the game, but the pair shared a laugh after the match. 

Bega-Angledale’s under 14 roster plays Merimbula at Kameruka on Saturday with play from 8.30am.

Senior cricket is also heating up, see the story page 23 to find out more about the combined first division.