Allrounder goes into ‘bat’ for sky blues

ON Saturday he was helping West Tamworth to vital Northern Inland Credit Union points, but next month it will be NSW Harrison Kelly will be looking to help to wins, and maybe even a national title.

The spinning allrounder will be part of the NSW side contesting the National U19s Championships in Adelaide from January 7-17.

He is stepping up to the 19s after captaining the U17s to the title last year.

It will be the second time he’s been to Adelaide for a nationals.

The first year he made the U17s the nationals were there.

The NSW side was finalised last month and they’ve already had one practice game against the ACT U19s.

“We got done,” Kelly said.

“We made 180 but didn’t bat that well.”

The ACT innings was affected by a few rain delays and they ended up winning on Duckworth Lewis.

It is a fairly young side, Kelly said, with four players stepping up from the U17s last year and half the side under 18.

They’ve got a fairly handy bowling attack though.

“We’ve got a really good quick attack and we bat pretty deep,” he said.

“We’ve only got two spinners this year. We had four last year.”

They offer very different options too with Kelly left arm orthodox. The other spinner is a right-arm offie.

“It’ll be good,” Kelly said.

He has been in fairly good touch this season and made 33 opening the batting for Wests in their win over City, but there is plenty of room for 

improvement.

“I’ve been getting a lot of starts but not going through,” he said.

“I’ve just got to knuckle down and bat a bit smarter.”

He’ll bat around five for the Blues.

The nationals will involve a mix of 50-over and two-day games with the top-of-the-table side after at the end of the competition taking the title.

NSW was fourth last year in a pretty close competition.

They needed to win their last game with a bonus point. They got the win but not the bonus point.

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