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Bekis battles in State Challenge carnival

LOCAL cricket talent Jamie Bekis battled through day two of the under 17s NSW State Challenge in Coffs Harbour today.  

The Macksville local is playing for a place on the NSW/ACT Country team at the U17 Male National Championships in Brisbane next month.  

Jamie is shaping up to be one of Australian cricket's next big names after competing in last year's national championship and scoring a massive 250 runs during the Darren Lehmann Cricket Academy's tour in England.  

In an unlucky first game, Jamie was bowled out for a duck.  

Despite the rough start, Kyle Piper, who coached Jamie in last years Country NSW team, sees him as a strong player with characteristics appealing to selectors.   

 "I think last year the reason we picked him was because he was able to be dynamic and sort of try and win games for your team, which was exactly what we're after in terms of our top six batsmen," he said. 

Jamie has a big future ahead of him in the sport, the young cricketer hopes to one day play for Australia.  

 "I definitely love to wear the baggy green and play an international test match that would be the pinnacle of what I'm looking to do."   

Four teams-two Metropolitan teams for NSW and two from Country NSW- will play it out tomorrow, the final day of the three day carnival, to impress the eye of selectors for both the NSW/ACT Country and NSW Metro teams for the U17 Male National Championships.  



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