Fulton set to fire
BUNDABERG'S own junior "master blaster", Matthew Fulton, will head abroad on what must be every young cricketer's dream tour of a lifetime later this week.
He is regarded as one of the trumps in the School Sport Australia 16 years team that will embark on a three-week tour of West Indies, finishing on December 9.
The 16-year-old prolific scoring batsman will finish his Year 11 school year at Bundaberg Christian College today before heading to Sydney tomorrow for the team to finalise their preparations before flying out of Australia on Saturday.
Fulton has been in good form for his club Across The Waves, playing in the Whale Cities Challenge against other Bundaberg, Maryborough and Hervey Bay Division 1 men's teams, and also for Bundaberg at representative level.
The dynamic all-rounder is not only excited about the tour of the Caribbean, but also where they will train this week.
"The first day will be at the SCG (Sydney Cricket Ground) and the second day will be at Bradman Oval, Bowral, and it will be just awesome training there too," Fulton said.
The team was selected after the Australian 16 years championships in March.
Fulton commanded his first national cap after a series of signature heavyweight performances with the bat.
He has been identified as a future Test and One Day International player and he will have the opportunity to confirm his potential on tour.
"We will play nine games, mostly one-dayers, with six or seven against the West Indies national age team and the others against men's teams, and it will be a great learning curve and also a great cultural experience," Fulton said.
"West Indies are not the powers that they used to be in cricket years ago, but they have still got some very good young players coming through, and they traditionally have got great fast bowlers, so that will be a challenge.
"I'll probably bat at No. 4 and I'm feeling pretty good and pretty confident and my goal is to score as many runs as possible, and I'd love to at least get three 50s while I'm over there."
A Queensland Schools shot gold medallist last year, Fulton recently claimed bronze in both that event and discus at this year's state titles, and he will again contest the track and field nationals in March.
But cricket is his primary focus and the sport he regards himself as best at.
Cricket will be Fulton's life for the next four weeks because just three days after his return, he will captain Wide Bay at the Queensland under-16 championships in Brisbane from December 12-16.
He will then line up for his club ATW in the NewsMail Cup Division 1 grand final two days later, before finally having a well-earned two-week break over Christmas, but he lives and breathes cricket and would love to one day make a career out of it.