Moree’s rising cricket star, Jack Montgomery will step up to the pitch against some of the best young cricketers in the country in October when he competes in the under-17 national championships.
Montgomery this week found out he had gained selection in the ACT/NSW Country side after impressing selectors at the under-17 State Challenge in Coffs Harbour over the weekend.
The 15-year-old was one of 13 players, of 26, selected to represent ACT/NSW Country in the under-17 national championships, to be held in Mackay and Brisbane from October 1 to 11.
With so many other talented players competing at the state challenge, Montgomery wasn’t expecting to make the final cut but was thrilled he did.
“It was bloody great I guess,” he said.
“Everyone was so damn good. I knew when I was down there I did my best but I didn’t feel like I had a better chance than others.
“I was hoping I was going to get in but wasn’t really expecting it.”
At the state challenge, held from August 17 until August 19, Montgomery played for the ACT/NSW Country B team.
His first match was against the Metro Sixes, and being the first game he’s played this season, Montgomery didn’t feel it was his best performance.
“The first day I was a bit rusty,” the fast bowler said. “I don’t know why. It was the first game I’ve played this season. I’ve done training but haven’t actually played a game.”
ACT/NSW Country team B lost that first match but had better luck against the Metro Thunder side.
Montgomery also played better, getting a couple of wickets. “It was pretty good,” he said.
Montgomery’s side then lost their final match against the other ACT/NSW Country team.
The St Philomena’s Year 10 student is now looking forward to playing the best of the best at the nationalar.
Montgomery isn’t the first member of his family to play at national level, with his older brother Paddy representing ACT/NSW Country at the under-15 and under-17 national championships.
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