THREE Central North Zone Under 17s – James Psarakis, Jaymes Thomas and Jayden Park – will take the field for Country Under 17s against the City 17s at Bowral’s Bradman Oval on November 10/11.
It’s a familiar field for the trio as they all won a Kookaburra Cup there with Central North Under 15s three seasons back and they have all reappeared there at various stages since.
Psarakis being named co-captain is also a good reward for the talented allrounder and his team who won the Country Championship at Raymond Terrace on Sunday.
Central North Zone chairman Terry Psarakis is delighted for the three young Country representatives.
“Jono Maloney was unlucky too,” Terry Psarakis said.
“He bowled well and batted well at Raymond Terrace.
“He’s been injured the past couple of seasons after playing for the NSW under 15s.
“He didn’t play in the Kookaburra or Bradman Cup sides so the Country selectors might not have known what he can do.
“Jaymes Thomas and Jayden Park deserved their spots.
“Jaymes is the keeper and Jayden is a left-arm orthodox spinner who can bat.
“He opened the batting for us down at Raymond Terrace.
“And James had a good carnival too.
“The co-captaincy is a real bonus for him. I’m a bit biased though.”
James Psarakis capped a good few weeks after he was also named in the Country Under 19s earlier in the season.
He led them well at the Country Under 17 carnival.
On Saturday he smacked an unbeaten century after his side was 4-2 at one stage.
His captaincy and shrewd fielding placements were also a highlight.
While Central North has three Country Under 17 representatives, its senior tam will be announced today following Northern Inland’s six wicket win over Hunter Valley in Sunday’s McNamara Cup trial at Maitland.
Just what side selectors come up with will be interesting as a number of players such as Australian Country paceman Andrew Maher, Simon Norvill and Nick Leyden were unavailable.
Young paceman Angus McNeill was in good form for his South Tamworth club side on Saturday, taking 5-70 but struggled on Sunday to back up.
Clubmate and fellow Northern Inland opening bowler Col Smyth also had a tough day at Maitland after bowling 23 overs on Saturday.