Double ton of trouble

IT WAS a case of double trouble this week for anyone bowling against Macksville's Hughes brothers.

While Jason was tearing into the Canterbury bowlers from New Zealand with a century at the Coffs Harbour International Stadium on Monday, younger brother Phillip was sending the fielders scattering in all directions at the Australian under-17 championships in Hobart.

After failing in his first two matches with scores of two and seven, Phillip hit form with 114 against Western Australia before smashing 170 against South Australia yesterday.

State under-17 coach David Patterson was full of praise after watching Phillip's innings against South Australia.

"His cutting and cover driving was exceptional as were the shots he played off his pads," Patterson said.

"The best part about both his centuries was the way he hung in there as an opener when we were in trouble at 4-55 and 3-42, he really held the innings together."

Hughes was identified as a talented cricketer back in his days playing primary school matches and his crowning glory was captaining the State under-15 side at the national championships held in Adelaide last year.

He will continue to be part of the NSW talent squad attending training camps in the under-17 and under-19 age groups until he finishes his Year 12 studies.

Without pre-empting anything, Patterson said there would be something wrong if the 16-year-old wasn't named in the Australian under-17 squad at the conclusion of the championships.

n The match between New Zealand's Canterbury Province and the Coffs Harbour Colts under-21 side was set for an exciting finish late yesterday afternoon and a full report will appear in tomorrow's Coffs Coast Advocate.

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