Top young cricketers shine in Raby: Photos

Raby Sports Complex was a hive of activity for young cricketers last week.

Cricket NSW held three major tournaments featuring some of the state's best emerging talent over four days.

The Under-14s and Under-17s Girls State Challenges were held in conjunction with the Under-16s Boys State Challenge.

Macarthur had several representatives across the three competitions, including under-17s Metro Thunder pair Steph Ellsmore and Dharmini Chauhan.

The under-17 girls challenge was won by Country Sixers, which defeated Metro Sixers in the final.

Pace bowler Ellsmore, captain Chauhan and their Thunder team mates finished the under-17 girls challenge in third place.

Ellsmore, who plays for the Campbelltown-Camden Ghosts, told Cricket NSW she enjoyed competing in the state competition.

"It's good to play against some quality teams and put what we've learned in the nets into a game situation," she said.

Ellsmore was part of the the NSW Metro squad that won the one-day trophy at the Under-18s National Championships in January.

She said she had learned a lot through the Cricket NSW pathway and its coaches.

"They help you improve so much as a player, not only your physical game but your mental game as well... that's what these trials are all about," the teen said.

The Metro Sixers enjoyed a strong week, claiming both the under-14s girls and under-16s boys challenges.

Both Sixers teams defeated Metro Thunder in the final.