Twelve-year-old all-rounder Willoughby Watson is the latest Bowral Blues Cricket Club junior to make a state representative breakthrough.
After two recent exhaustive trial days in Canberra involving the most promising U13 cricketers from southern NSW, the ACT and Illawarra, Willoughby has been announced to play in the U13 State Challenge carnival in Dubbo in January.
The U13 State Challenge sees eight teams of the best junior cricketers from country NSW and Sydney go head-to- head over five days.
Willoughby is the first Highlands junior to make the Illawarra/Southern Zone/ACT U13 squad in recent years.
His selection comes off the back of solid performances at club level with the Bowral Blues and with the local U14’s Highlands District representative team.
He also performed well after being selected to play with the Combined Independent Schools state squad at the PSSA primary schools carnival at Orange last month.
“Willoughby has put incredible effort into training and matches and truly deserves this break,” Bowral Blues Coach Brian Martin said.
“Everyone at Bowral Blues Cricket Club is behind Willoughby as his cricketing journey goes to another level.” Meanwhile, two star juniors to emerge from Bowral Blues Cricket Club - Dom O’Shannessy and Charlie Dummer - have continued to impress at the national level.
Ace paceman and U17 Australian squad member O’Shannessy put in noteworthy performances at the recent Australian U19 Cricket Championships in Tasmania.
Playing up in an U17 invitational team, O’Shannessy took ten wickets with best figures of 4-53.
His side made the grand final, which was won by the NSW metro team. Playing at the same competition with the U19 ACT/NSW Country side, Charlie Dummer impressed with the bat, finishing with an average of 38.6 and a top score of 111.