Vic Country’s under-15 coach says it became clear Colac’s Henry Melville was leadership material during the promising cricketer’s recovery from an injury setback.
State junior mentor Paul Montgomery revealed Melville had become Vic Country’s vice-captain ahead of this month’s national carnival at Ballarat.
Melville earned selection for the state squad off the back of a breakout Youth Premier League campaign for the Barwon Rockets in 2018-19, where he was named the Player of the Tournament in the Renegades conference after scoring 435 runs for the series.
But Melville’s bid to earn state honours for the first time hit a roadblock when he injured a knee batting for Colac’s Division One side in November.
He was on 64 at the time before retiring hurt.
But Montgomery said Melville’s response to the setback was first class.
“We had a trial game in December just before the YPL and we obviously we didn’t pick Henry because he was injured,” he said.
“He came up and watched the game and did the square leg umpiring the whole game, so little things like that have run well with guys within the team and the coaches as well.
“He’s really invested himself in the whole team process.”
Montgomery said Melville had also earned the respect of his peers, who had a say in selecting leaders for the six-day National Championships, which start on February 26.
“He’s a good young player and a good leader amongst the group, so it’s probably just reward for him and what he’s brought to the program since July,” he said.
See today’s Colac Herald for more.