Young cricketer Ben Schofield has this week competed alongside NSW Country’s best cricketers under 16 years of age.
Schofield, 15, represented Western Zone at the annual four-day Bradman Cup carnival, this season held in Albury from January 7-10.
The competition pits together the best cricketers under the age of 16 from country regions including Western Zone, Riverina, ACT/Southern, Greater Illawarra, Newcastle, Central Coast, Central North and North Coastal.
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The carnival comprises of three 50-over games and two Twenty20 matches.
Schofield’s Western Zone experienced mixed results winning and losing one game in each format.
On Thursday afternoon, Western were heading towards a second 50-over victory after setting ACT/Southern 275 for victory, they were 5-184 after 38 overs in reply.
Schofield, a classy right-handed opening batsman, enjoyed time at the crease in a rain-effected win over North Coastal on day two.
Western ultimately won the match under the Duckworth Lewis method.
North Coastal’s innings of 8/263 was reduced and Western managed to reel in the winning total of 208 with the loss of five wickets.
Schofield made a valuable 47 runs at the top of the innings, piloting Western Zone to an important victory after suffering a loss to hosts Riverina on day one.
Two Twenty20 matches were played on day three.
Western scored an early win over Central North who elected to bat first.
They were restricted to 9/111 before Western cruised to a four wicket victory with more than two overs to spare.
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Match two in the afternoon was a nail-biter.
Unfortunately for Western Zone, they couldn’t scramble late runs in pursuit of Central Coast’s total of 6/104.
The coastal side was able to restrict Western to 9/94 off 20 overs.
The carnival was due to wrap up on Thursday afternoon after the final 50-over game.
Schofield, on his return to Young, will put his focus to local cricket which he plays in Cowra with first grade club Bowling Club under the tutelage of former Sydney Grade cricketer and NSW Country Blues captain Nick Berry.
He’s also playing for Blacktown in the under-16s Green Shield in Sydney during the school holidays.
The Sydney clubs are allowed two country players per team. Blacktown is sitting fourth on the ladder with three rounds remaining before finals.