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Senior Sunshine Coast Scorcher, 17, makes Queensland grade

RISING FAST: James Bazley.
RISING FAST: James Bazley.

RISING Buderim cricketer James Bazley is working on his fitness and making sure he is mentally prepared for when he joins his Queensland under-19 teammates on the field for the Australian championships in Adelaide early next month.

The young all-rounder, promoted to the Sunshine Coast Scorchers seniors this season after just two games with the seconds, has been averaging about 60 with the bat and, as a right-arm fast bowler, has contributed regularly with a handy smattering of wickets.

At just 17, Bazley will be one of the youngsters in the Queensland team, but he is in no way daunted by the position after training in a 30-player squad every Monday afternoon since July.

He has also rubbed shoulders with many of his teammates in previous representative squads.

All players bar one in Queensland's under-19 have experience in the XXXX Gold Premier Grade competition, in which the Scorchers play.

The team will play two practice games against a country rep side on December 31 and January 1 before flying out to South Australia for the nationals, which start on January 6.

"As a team we'll do really well - we've got a good team and hopefully I'll do well myself as well," Bazley said.

"We hope to win the title - the 19s won it last year - so we hope to go back to back.

"I'm trying to get in good shape and a good state of mind before heading to Adelaide."

The team will be coached by former Queensland wicketkeeper and current Bulls fielding coach Wade Seccombe and ex-Queensland Country coach Vic Williams, who is part of the Queensland Cricket high-performance team.

Five Australian youth players will spearhead the Queensland under-19 team's bid to retain the championship trophy.

Brisbane Souths fast bowler Mark Steketee, Gold Coast quick Billy Stanlake, Norths paceman Josh McLelland, Gold Coast batsman Nick Stevens and Valleys all-rounder Jack Wildermuth all played for the Australian under-19 team in 2012.

Warwick product Steketee and Stevens were members of the national side that finished second in the ICC World Under-19 Cup in Queensland earlier this year.

Topics:  buderim, queensland cricket, sunshine coast scorchers




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