Trent Stratham's bowling 'em over

LEFT-arm paceman Trent Statham has been turning heads for quite some time now.

His latest achievement though suggests that he's been turning them in all of the right places.

The Coffs Colts youngster was recently awarded the inaugural John McMahon Scholarship by the North Coast Cricket Council for being their Junior Cricketer of the Year for 2007-08.

The 16-year-old admitted this week that he was more than surprised to receive the honour.

“I didn't even know that the award existed,” he said.

While the Toormina High student can take great pride in an award that takes into account not just their playing ability but also displaying excellence in sportsmanship and playing in the 'spirit of the game', the fact that Statham had to overcome tremendous adversity throughout last summer is a source of great satisfaction for him.

“I had a stress fracture in my lower back,” he explained.

“To get over it I did of lot of core work, mainly on the exercise ball.”

Last year Statham was selected to play in the North Coast squads for both the Under 17 and Bradman Cup squads and made his first-grade debut for Coffs Colts.

Under the guidance of Chris Moran in the region's Emerging Blues squad, Statham hopes to build on his tally of games this summer in the top grade.

The scholarship provides $500 to the talented quick which he can spend on cricket equipment or educational resources.

As much as he'd like to get some new gear, Statham says that he's leaning towards using the money to purchase a laptop as he heads into his HSC year.

The bowler is now concentrating on the indoor form of the game with Coffs playing in the Super League finals at Grafton next weekend.

The award takes into account playing ability and excellence in sportsmanship



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