Just a fortnight after finishing up with the Deni Rams, Brenton Loudon will take up bat and ball for the Western Rivers cricket team in Campbelltown next week.
Although most sports fans are preparing for the height of footy finals, young Deniliquin Rams star Brenton Loudon has already made the transition to the cricket season.
On Tuesday, the lightly-framed Loudon, who showed huge promise burning down the wing for the Rams’ senior side this year, will take to the pitch for his first representative cricket game of the season.
The 18 year-old has been selected to play for the Western Rivers team at the NSW under-19 State Challenge in Campbelltown.
Western Rivers is made up of the 12 best under-19 cricketers from the Riverina and Western cricket zones (six from each zone).
It is one of four combined regional teams that will play in the State Challenge alongside two city teams.
‘‘I’m stoked (to have been selected),’’ Loudon said.
‘‘We’ve been training every Sunday for the past two months in places like Wagga, Albury, Griffith and Barooga. The team was picked out of those training sessions.
‘‘I’m pretty keen to get back into the cricket season and this looks like it’s going to be a good carnival.’’
On Thursday, after the three-day State Challenge has been completed, a NSW Country team and a NSW City team will be picked.
Those two teams will then play each other as part of another tournament so that a final NSW under-19 squad can be selected for the National Championships.
The combined regional sides Loudon will come up against next week are the Northern Stars (Central North and North Coast), South Coasters (Illawarra and Southern) and New Coasters (Newcastle and Central Coast).
Loudon, a blitzing right-arm pace bowler, is no stranger to representative cricket.
He has played in Riverina’s junior sides at every possible level and has been a consistent performer at state championships.
Last season he capped off a brilliant season for local side RSL/West by becoming one of the youngest ever winners of the Deniliquin District Cricket Association’s esteemed Cricketer of the Year award.
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