HDCA representative presentation

The Highlands best young cricketers were recognised at the Bradman Museum on Sunday night.

The Highlands District Cricket Association hosted the junior representative cricket presentation to reward the talents of the players from the representative under-12, under-14 and under-16 teams. 

The 2016-17 junior representative season marked the introduction of a number of new players and coaches, and each Highlands team secured themselves a position in the semi-final rounds. 

Highlands District Cricket Association chairman John Morris said each of the teams played to their best of their abilities in every week of the competition. 

“I was encouraged that all three teams reached the semi-finals of their competitions. This demonstrated the continual improvement and the effectiveness of the two-way communication that existed between players and their advisors,” he said. 

“NSW Country Cricket continues to produce that steady stream of players who will ultimately go on to acquire a baggy green.”

The HDCA under-16 representative team played five representative games on top of the Bradman Cup and the Bradman letter Trophy Tour. 

Valentino Woszczalski received the award for best batting across the season with a 200 runs aggregate and an average of 66.67. 

Dominic O’Shannessy received the award for best bowler after he took 14 wickets with an average of 5.64. He also received the Bradman Awards and received a special mention for taking seven wickets for 21 runs against South Coast on October 30, 2016. Robert McLeod was also recognised for taking five wickets for 16 runs in the match against Illawarra in October 23, 2016.

Woszczalski was again recognised for his century. The young player posted 126 runs against Illawarra on October 23. 

Ben Tucker was award the Bradman Tour Players’ Player award while Dale Young and Dominic Hair were recognised as the Men of Steel for the 2016-17 season. 

The under-14 representative side played five matches across the season plus the Graeme Malcolm Shield. 

Oscar Murton received the award for best batting with 115 runs aggregate and an average of 23.

 Zac De Hosson received the award for best bowling after he took 15 wickets with an average of 4.00. De Hosson also received the Bradman awards a special mention for taking five wickets for 13 runs in the match against Monaro on November 6. 

The under-12 side played a total of five games across the representative season and were coached by Matt Watson. Hayden Willebrand received the awards for best batting with 192 runs and an average of 64. Willebrand was also the recipient of the Bradman Award.

Willoughby Watson received the award for best bowler with 8 wickets an average of 12.50.