Karramomus cricketer Stuart Turner is thrilled to have been selected to represent Cricket Shepparton at Melbourne Country Week and is looking forward to giving it his all.OLIVER CAFFREY January 28, 2014 4:15am
A new generation of Cricket Shepparton players will have the opportunity to make a name for themselves at Melbourne Country Week next month.
While this year’s team lacks the true star power of years past, the 13-man squad is aiming to cause some upsets in division four.
Karramomus’ Stuart Turner is one of the many players involved in their first Melbourne Country Week carnival.
Turner, 21, was involved in the Bloods’ breakthrough 2011-12 Haisman Shield premiership during his first season at the club after previously playing at Katandra.
Turner said he was speechless when Country Week coach James Stokes called him to inform him of his place in the squad.
‘‘I didn’t think I even had a chance of making the side really, but it’s definitely a huge honour to be selected,’’ Turner said.
‘‘I was interested in Bendigo, but that obviously didn’t happen, but James Stokes rang me back about Melbourne and I jumped at it.’’
Turner has had a standout season in B-grade’s Clyde Young Shield, averaging 39 with the bat, including a top score of 73.
That good form has earned him a recall to the Bloods’ Haisman Shield side in the past two matches, where he has been given an opportunity to bat in the middle-order.
Turner sees himself more as a batsman, but he has taken 11 wickets this season in the Clyde Young Shield and the completed Twenty20 competition.
‘‘I’d like to think I’m more of a batter, but it’s good to have a bit of a trundle every now and then,’’ he said.
Turner believes that experience in a successful Haisman Shield side will hold him in good stead for games against Seymour, Colac, Alberton and Central Gippsland leagues.
‘‘It’s been a good experience playing with a lot of great guys at Karra, and if I can play well in Melbourne, it will give me the confidence to know you can play at that high level,’’ Turner said.
‘‘All the boys going, we all grew up playing cricket together, so to go down there and give it a crack is going to be a lot of fun — we’re obviously going to win, and at least be very competitive.’’
Turner will be joined in the squad by fellow Karramomus players Brocq Robertson and John Ferguson.
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