North West struggled at the CHS boys state championships, but their boom quick Jack Montgomery continued his ascent in the sport - named in the NSW CHS First XI.
The Moree teen's performances this week in Grafton got rave reviews from onlookers, according to North West manager Andrew Curry.
"The coaches of the other sides that he was playing against couldn't believe how he executed all his bowling at the pace that he's at ... He was exceptional," Curry said.
Montgomery finished the championships with two wickets in three matches, with a best of 2-22.
Curry said Gunnedah batsman Adam McGuirk was close to making the NSW side, "but not quite enough runs".
North West finished the 10-team event in seventh place, their sole win coming on the final day when they beat Western.
Curry said North West simply did not score enough runs early in the four-day championships.
"Our batting struggled a bit on the first two days - just a lack of partnerships," he said.
"But our bowling and fielding were exceptional. But, yeah, definitely not enough runs."