Dominic Bandara prepares to captain Warrnambool Blue country week side

CLASS ACT: Warrnambool Blue skipper Dominic Bandara believes his under 17 country week side is one of the strongest in contention.
CLASS ACT: Warrnambool Blue skipper Dominic Bandara believes his under 17 country week side is one of the strongest in contention.

HE’S JUST 16 years old, but Dominic Bandara admits his status as a country week veteran is a fair assessment.

The all-rounder will skipper Jason Mungean’s outfit at the Under 17 Country Week in Warrnambool next week, marking his “seventh or eighth” berth at the event.

Bandara, a Russells Creek player who plies his trade with Victorian Premier Cricket powerhouse Melbourne, said he was relishing the chance to skipper the side.

“It’s pretty fun because I don't get to see the Warrnambool boys that often,” he said.

“It’s a serious level but we go out, try as hard as we can and just try to win.

“I’ve played four or five games at Melbourne but I’ve been on a compulsory school camp for the last month, so I haven’t really played.

“The season starts here for me.”

The son of Dennington and Russells Creek great Jayaweera said country week provided a strong build up to Western Waves cricket.

“When you go that level, it gets pretty serious,” Bandara said.

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