BEGA Valley cricketer Mac Wright is taking on all comers at a national level.
Mac, 15, after being deemed “unworthy” by selectors to play in a zone carnival just 18 months ago, is now representing the ACT at the National Championships.
The championship start for the ACT team has been less than ideal, with a loss to NSW and then Queensland in the opening two rounds.
Mac’s father Andrew said Mac had narrowly missed out on the first game.
“He was in the rotation for 12 and 13th man,” Andrew said.
“It was a green strip and they went for an extra seamer instead of a leg spinner.”
Andrew said it was unfortunate the team lost the second round as there was very little in it.
Mac batted in the lower order and contributed to the respectable 251 run count for ACT.
However, Mac was run out for just seven runs.
“He batted at seven and ran himself out in a suicidal single,” Andrew said.
Unfortunately for the ACT outfit it came down to the final over, where Queensland was able to post the winning run with just three balls to spare.
Queenslandwas also on its final wicket.
Andrew said Mac’s bowling performance fared better than his batting.
“[He had] a couple of near chances and bowled to Ian Healy’s son who was the mainstay of the Queensland innings,” Andrew said.
Mac bowled seven overs against some of the countries best, and while he did not claim any wickets, he only conceded 35 runs.
Andrew said it was a very narrow loss, but will help Mac improve.
“ACT went down in a cliff hanger, but Mac will be better for the run,” he said.
Yesterday the ACT squad was on the field against Tasmania and will then play the Northern Territory on Sunday.
The championships wrap up on Wednesday with ACT taking on South Australia in the final round.
Mac has been making waves since his selection to play for Weston Creek in Canberra last year and also featured in his home-club’s colours during last week’s Bendigo Bank Big Bash.