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Star bowler picked for SA

Saturday, 28th March, 2009

Fifteen-year-old Thomas Derham is preparing to play for South Australia at the National School Sports Cricket Championships in Victoria next week.

Thomas's impressive performance in the Bank SA Shield competition led to the South Australian Cricket Association (SACA) nominating him for the national championships through their development program. His statistics from the shield competition were: 36 overs, 7 maidens, 9 wickets for 85 runs. Best: 3/16, economy rate: 2.4. Thomas was selected as part of the country team which played Adelaide district teams in the Bank SA under 17 shield, after representing Barrier at the Bank SA Country Cup. Thomas said it was pleasing to see his dedication to training pay off. "It was good to be recognised for all the hard work I've put in over the last few months," he said. And he thinks the South Australian side, made up of a mixture of 13 country and metropolitan players, has a good chance in the under 15 category of the national competition. "Personally I think we've got a pretty strong team. "We've got a good balance of batters and bowlers. "I'm hoping to go very well." The national competition selection comes on top of an already impressive list of achievements for the local lad. Thomas only took up the game five years ago and began his local A grade cricket career with South at the tender age of 14. The all-rounder, who is now concentrating on his efforts as a bowler, was also the Broken Hill Junior Cricketer of the Year in 2007/2008, among numerous other achievements in the sport. The year 10 student said he would like to thank Willyama principal Tony Hicks, Dennis Watts and all his past and present coaches for their assistance in helping him make the state squad.

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