WACA: Joondalup and Wanneroo players dominate WA 17s selection

From left: Andrew South,
Tristan Hobley, Connor
Thorn, Connor Chadwick,
Bailey Richards, Harrison
Blake, Jake Riccardi and
Emile Van Der Merwe.
From left: Andrew South, Tristan Hobley, Connor Thorn, Connor Chadwick, Bailey Richards, Harrison Blake, Jake Riccardi and Emile Van Der Merwe.

WANNEROO and Joondalup cricketers will be in abundance on WA’s scorecard in the national under-17 championships starting on Monday.

Nine of the WACA’s 13 players selected for the Brisbane event are local products.

WA will look to improve on last year’s effort when it came fourth after being knocked out at the quarter-final stage by New South Wales.

The side is captained by Wanneroo’s Tristan Hobley, who will be joined by Roos teammates Deon Billington, Bailey Richards, Connor Thorn and Emile Van Der Merwe as well as Joondalup players Harrison Blake, Connor Chadwick, Jake Riccardi and Andrew South.

The biggest threat at the tournament is ACT/NSW Country batsman Jason Sangha who, at age 16, became the youngest player contracted by New South Wales when the Blues offered him a rookie deal in April.

The championship will also feature Australian Test great Steve Waugh’s son Austin for NSW Metro.

WA’s first match is against Vic Country on Monday.