DOMINIC Bandara always has a cricket bat in his hands.
The Russells Creek junior will play for Victoria at the School Sport Australia 12 and under boys’ cricket championships in Bendigo in July after earning selection in the 13-player state team.
Dominic, 12, said he’d put in countless hours of practice with his dad Jayaweera “Bundy” Bandara — the reigning Warrnambool and District Cricket Association A grade cricketer of the year — in a bid to make his first Victorian squad.
“Me and dad trained 15 hours a week trying to practice for this,” Dominic said.
“I played matches in Sri Lanka too (when we were on holidays). There were different conditions.
“I liked it over there because I batted well and made my first big runs.”
Dominic travelled to Hamilton, Bendigo, Ballarat and Melbourne for try-outs.
The St John’s Primary School student made the top 32 and survived the final cut, learning of his selection on Monday.
The right-handed top- order bat said he did “a little bit of off-spin”.
“We should go pretty well. It was pretty hard to get into the team because there were lots of good kids there,” Dominic said.
“(My aim is) to try and get runs and play well and show them I can do all right.”
Dominic, who thanked his school and family for their support, spent five seasons at Dennington, working his way up the junior grades.
He has joined his dad at Russells Creek for the 2013-14 season.
“I played one senior match for Russells Creek last year,” he said.
“I was 12th man for division one every week, helping in the field because dad (who was working) was too late.”
Meanwhile, Mortlake’s Georgia Wareham has added a third state selection to her resume.
Georgia, 14, has made the Victorian girls’ under 15 cricket team for the second straight year.
The middle-order bat and spin bowler will compete at the under 15 national championships in Sydney from November 27 to December 3.
“Last year I didn’t do very good with the bat, so hopefully I go a little better this year,” she said.
“A lot of the girls have moved up to the under 18s but I think four have made the team from last year.
“It feels pretty good to represent Victoria.”
The Mortlake College student will line up for Mortlake in the South West Cricket under 16 competition season-opener this weekend.
Port Fairy’s Rosie Wynd made the Victorian 12 and under girls’ team in September.