South-west valuable recruiting ground

SOUTH-WEST Victoria continues to be a valuable recruiting ground for representative cricket squads.

State selectors have chosen three girls and one boy from the region to play for Victoria at national championships.

Merino’s Claire Nolte and Mortlake’s Georgia Wareham will represent Victoria at the 15 and under girls’ titles in Sydney from November 28 to December 4

Port Fairy’s Rosie Wynd has won selection in the Victorian 12 and under girls’ squad, which will head to the Barossa Valley from December 8 to 16.

Dunkeld’s Lachie Field will play with the 12 and under boys’ squad, also in the Barossa Valley, from December 8 to 16.

Georgia, 13, played for the Victorian 12 and under side last summer and stepped up an age level this time around.

She said she was unsure she would make the state side being a bottom-age player. “I was a little bit confident, I wasn’t really sure,” she said.

“There were a lot of good girls there (at trials).”

Georgia started her career playing Milo In2Cricket and plays with the Mortlake under 16 side. 

She said she hoped to play for Australia down the track.

Claire, 14, also represented the state last year, as an under 15, and has won selection for a second time.

She said her emerging cricket career started in the backyard of her home.

“My brother got me into cricket, he used to play,” she said.

“I just like playing.

“I played with him in the backyard a lot and I’ve played for the (Merino) under 16s.”

Rosie’s father, Peter Wynd, said his daughter improved  dramatically in the past 12 months.

“Since she’s started playing Western Waves, that’s brought the quality of her play up,” he said.

“She doesn’t say much, she’s just very understated. She’s not worried about it at all — she’s quite looking forward to it.”

afawkes@standard.fairfax.com.au

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