District young guns play for state glory

Warrion’s Max Hutchinson and Birregurra’s Will Hall will feature in the Barwon Rockets’ squad for tomorrow’s Youth Premier League decider in Melbourne. INSERT: Aanlin Cheeranbenoy

Barwon Rockets under-14 coach Chris Williams says three emerging Colac district cricketers have big roles to play if the region is to land a state title tomorrow.

Birregurra’s Will Hall, Warrion’s Max Hutchinson and City United’s Aanlin Cheeranbenoy are part of the Rockets’ squad which booked a spot in the Youth Premier League decider.

Barwon will play Melbourne’s Inner South East Scorpions in a 50-over-a-side contest at Albert Park’s Harry Trot Oval.

It is the second straight year Barwon has made a grand final and Williams said the Colac district’s influence played a big part in the club’s success at the pathways level.

Colac’s Henry Melville, who featured in the Rockets’ under-16 side this summer, was the player of the tournament in the Renegades conference last season after scoring 435 runs for the tournament.

“It helps us out being able to draw on the Colac boys,” Williams said.

“Henry really dominated last year, I think we had five or six in the squad, and this year we’ve got three who have done some important jobs for us.”

Former Victorian 12-and-under cricketer Cheeranbenoy has opened the batting for the current Rockets squad during their successful Youth Premier League campaign so far.

The Indian-born prodigy, who has already played Division One cricket for City United, is averaging 17.2 with the bat, while he picked up two wickets bowling off-spin.

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