Bushrangers at Bundy

VICTORIAN Bushrangers Peter Handscomb and Scott Boland were on hand to help promising young cricketers from across Gippsland develop their skills at Bundalaguah.

Handscomb and Boland were joined by under 15 state team coach John Hayes, who has also been recently appointed manager of Big Bash League franchise Melbourne Stars and VicSpirit under 18 coach Duncan Harrison for Cricket Victoria’s Diamonds in the Bush program.

Participants also benefitted from the experience of former Australian and English women’s coach John Harmer, who is now based at the National Cricket Centre in Brisbane.

Cricket Victoria development manager for Gippsland Rob Wood said participants were put through both basic and complex batting, bowling and fielding skill drills, with Handscomb also providing tips for up and coming wicket-keepers.

“We have the 17 and under cricketers here today (Monday) and we had the over 17s yesterday,” he said.

“We have cricketers from Phillip Island to Bairnsdale, so some people have travelled a long way.

“They have been doing specialist drills.

“We were working on fielding this morning, with a focus on correct throwing technique.”

Boland, a fast bowler, said he had identified some quality bowling talent.

“We have seen some nice big country boys with a lot of pace,” he said.

“They have got raw actions but they are big and strong and will be quick when they grow and develop.

“If they’re looking for a (premier) club, they can come to Frankston,” he quipped.

“Nice, big strong country boys is exactly what we are looking for,” Handscomb added.

Lachie Benson of Sale Cricket Club said the program was a good experience, with hands on coaching to help develop his game.

BUNDALAGUAH Cricket Club will host the VicSpirit under 18 cricket camp ahead of the national championships.

Cricket Victoria development manager for Gippsland Rob Wood said Cricket Victoria was impressed with the facilities at Bundalaguah.

Local cricketers Hayleigh Brennan and Holly Whitford are among those trialling for the state squad.

VicSpirit under 18 coach Duncan Harrison said he expected Gippslanders to feature prominently in the squad.

“We’ve just begun our first phase of training with the squad currently at 50,” he said.

“We will cut that to 24, with 12 country and 12 metro.

“The Gippsland girls always feature strongly in our squads.”

Victoria Country will play Victoria Metro as part of the four day camp, to be held from September 29 to October 2, from which the Victorian team for the national championships will be selected.