Bega/Angledale Cricket Club A grade captain Dave Allen says he is delighted with the progress of local cricketers during the off-season.
After a three-day training camp with former international cricketer Mark Higgs at the helm, three locals have been selected into training teams and playing squads for the ACT Comets.
“Over the off-season we did some work with Cricket ACT for our promising juniors which resulted in the training clinic,” Allen said.
“From that, three young FSCCA players have been selected for the ACT age-representative teams.
“They are Jack Allen from Bega in the under 12s as well as Mac Wright from Merimbula in the 17s and Robbie Ringland in the 19s.
“[Mac and Robbie] have both been picked in training squads in their respective age groups.”
Allen told the BDN the head coach Higgs had been “so impressed” with the potential of both Wright and Ringland they had been included in the Canberra playing side for Weston Creek.
“Mac shined in First grade over the weekend in Weston Creek's win over ANU [Australian National University] with both bat and ball,” Allen said.
“Meanwhile, Robbie had an easier day in his side’s comfortable win.
“Robbie was three not out as the second grade passed the ANU’s total,” Allen said.
Wright put on a classy showing of bowling in a 10-over stint, denying the ANU team plenty of runs in his 1/39 effort.
Allen said with the ACT cricket lobbying to be included in the national Ryobi Cup, things couldn’t look better for local cricketers.
He said if the ACT was to be included in the national program it would “hopefully present a pathway for local talent to forge first-class careers in the future”.
Cricket ACT chairman Ian McNamee revealed in July they are looking to be included in the Ryobi Cup from 2015.
A report in the Sydney Morning Herald said if Canberra was to field a team players could be included from Southern NSW.
The report then went on to say the Comets have been recognised as a cricket breeding ground in recent seasons and players are being recruited out of the capital.
During the three-day training camp in Bega recently Higgs told the BDN the Canberra Comets are looking to have a “strong involvement” in the area.