EXCITEMENT is building in Cootamundra’s under 16s cricket ranks with less than a month until the prestigious Bradman Letter is played.
The cricket match between Bowral and Coota has been set down for Tuesday, January 15 at Albert Park from 10.30am.
The representative players have been playing in the Fife Shield since the junior cricket season commenced and look in great form to give the title, which has not returned to Coota since 2001, a good crack.
Captain James Smith has been a star for the side with both the bat and the ball all season.
A medium out-swinger he took five for three off five overs in the last under 16s rep game against Yass.
If he performs well he has the ability to lift his side and carry the boys to success on the pitch.
Vice captain Ryan Connell will also be valuable for his side. Connell is one of three under 16s who play in the town’s senior cricket comp, the Merrin Cup, each week with Jason Cronin and Zac Craw lining up with Connell for the Big O Blues.
This chance to play with the ‘big boys’ has been instrumental in building the skills and confidence of the boys and growing their young players has been a focus of Big O for the past two seasons.
So far this season the boys have showed they are confident with the ball bowling well with cricket insiders saying it is their batting that may need some work.
There are 14 under 16 players in town for coaches to choose from when January 15 rolls around with all indicating they are available to play at this stage.
While there is a lot of rep cricket played each season, the Bradman Letter is considered the premier match of the season for the under 16s.
This year the boys have the benefit of a terrific trifecta of coaches in Troy Tucker, Nathan Corby and Darren Connell.
The boys will gain some valuable experience when they face off against Coota’s first XI in a practice match on January 10.
Next month will mark the 34th playing of the match. In the past Bowral has dominated the contest with 23 wins.
Coota’s last win came 12 years ago when Coota 171 defeated Bowral 109 at Fisher
VITAL LINK: the Coota under 16s rep cricket side will be looking to the likes of James Smith who will captain his side to perform well when they put their all into bringing the Bradman Letter back to Coota next month against Bowral.
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