State's best young cricketers head to Raby

Campbelltown-Camden Ghosts cricketers Dharmini Chauhan, Hannah Darlington and Stephanie Ellsmore will compete at the Under-17s Girls State Challenge at Raby. Picture: Ghosts Cricket
Campbelltown-Camden Ghosts cricketers Dharmini Chauhan, Hannah Darlington and Stephanie Ellsmore will compete at the Under-17s Girls State Challenge at Raby. Picture: Ghosts Cricket

Raby will be a hive of activity when some of the state's best young cricketers head to town next month.

Cricket NSW will hold three major tournaments at Raby Sports Complex from April 14 to 18.

The Under-16s Boys State Challenge will be held over three days and run in conjunction with the Under-14s and Under-17s Girls State Challenges.

The best talent from the Green Shield (metro) and Bradman Cup (country) will compete in the boys tournament. Metro and country teams will play three 50-over matches across three days.

Macarthur is set to be well represented with Campbelltown-Camden Ghosts players Blake Smith, Jayden Zahra-Smith, Adam Harvey and Will Salzmann playing in the challenge.

Cricket NSW senior pathway manager Mark Cameron said the tournament was a great chance for players to impress the state's selectors.

"The challenge is a selection and talent identification looking at attributes to play at a higher level," he said.

"This is the best of the best players, being coached by the best."

The under-14s and under-17s girls challenges will be played between April 15 and 17.

Metro and country teams will compete in the Twenty20 format. The under-14s matches will take place on April 15 and 16, while the under-17s games will be held on April 17 and 18.

Ghosts cricketers Steph Ellsmore, Dharmini Chauhan, Zoha Siddiqi and Hannah Darlington have been named to play in the tournament.

The annual Cricket NSW Country Boys Coaching Class will also be held in April, culminating in a training day at Raby on April 18.

Cameron, who played domestic cricket for NSW, said the state challenges and coaching class were great pathways to playing at state level.

"I played for NSW once upon a time, and these were great pathways for me," he said.

"I had a hope of playing for NSW, but the camp in particular was big for my development.

"I was from Newcastle and it was a learning process playing against the city kids."

Cameron thanked Campbelltown Council for allowing Cricket NSW to hold the events at Raby.

"Raby has a quality field, we thank council for its support."

Campbelltown-Camden Ghosts secretary Jason Ellsmore said he was proud to see so many locals play in the state challenges.

Ellsmore said the events would also provide a boost for Macarthur's economy.

"Money comes into the community and provides a great benefit for local businesses," he said.