Apollo Bay quick Ezrah Robertson took just two overs to prove he deserved a spot in Vic Country’s initial under-19 cricket squad.
Robertson, 17, is among 37 young Vic Country cricketers who have earned selection to take part in Cricket Victoria’s Under-19 Academy Country and Metro trial squads for the 2017-18 season.
His selection followed a breakout performance with the Barwon Rockets’ under-18 team last summer, despite missing most of the tournament with an ankle injury.
Rockets coach Bryan Thomas, who will coach Robertson again this summer, said Robertson showed potential that he hadn’t seen since Victorian cricketer Jake Reed, a former Western Eagles footballer, came through the system.
“Ezrah only played 30 seconds of the tournament before he unfortunately injured an ankle, but in his second over he hit the keeper on the chest three times, I hadn’t seen pace like that in a couple of years,” Thomas said.
“That’s something that Vic Country are lacking, someone who can bowl very sharp,” he said.
“There aren’t many young blokes that have got pace inside them and he has.
“In this day and age it’s a rarity, Jake Reed was the last one, we got him down from Mildura.”
Vic Country squad members will participate in skills, strength and conditioning and performance management sessions throughout August and September as part of the trial process, before a Country v Metro series at Barooga provides another opportunity for players to showcase their skills.
A Barooga camp in late September will form a key part of the selection, as well as club cricket performances, before selectors name the final squads in late October for the Cricket Australia Under-19 National Championships.
This year’s national championships are in Tasmania between December 4 and 15.
For the full story see today’s Colac Herald.