Selection shows hard work has paid off for Saints quartet

The rising quartet of Sam Hall, Bailey Brien, Ben Mitchell and Tanvir Singh have been busy making a mark in the Bathurst District Cricket Association this season and now they have the chance to do the same in the Bradman Cup starting this Monday.

The four players are part of the Western team selected to play in the under 16s country statewide tournament.

It’s an extra special competition for the quartet who will get to play on their home decks.

Their selection continues what has been a great season for the St Pat’s Old Boys club. All four players ply their trade for the Saints.

“It’s extremely satisfying to see how these guys have grown over the course of the season,” St Pat’s Old Boys secretary Brad Broes said.

“They are a big part of the reason the side is in the position that it has now. Tanvir has played with the club for the past two seasons, but Sammy, Benny, and Bailey have been with us for the last several years, and during that period, they’ve all gone from strength to strength.

“I remember them coming in as 12-year-olds and to see them progress is just brilliant. Tan has been a wonderful inclusion to the Club and he’s a very popular young lad amongst the group.

“I’m glad I never had to play against either of them.”

While his three teammates are in their first season in the top grade, Mitchell is now in his second.

REPRESENTATION: Tanvir Singh, pictured bowling for Lithgow, is one of four St Pat's Old Boys juniors selected to play for Western in the upcoming Bradman Cup at Bathurst. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK

REPRESENTATION: Tanvir Singh, pictured bowling for Lithgow, is one of four St Pat's Old Boys juniors selected to play for Western in the upcoming Bradman Cup at Bathurst. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK

He has two half centuries, the most recent being 92 against Rugby Union in the most recent BDCA round.

Hall and Brien have both notched up their maiden half-centuries in first grade this season, whilst Singh completed his first five-Wicket haul.

Mitchell and Singh both played in last year’s Bradman Cup in Newcastle and are eager to build on the experience gained from that.

“I was there watching them during that Carnival last season, and they performed reasonably well for their first time,” Broes commented.

“I’m sure they’ll do very well, as will Sam and Bailey. I know how hard they’ve all worked and I’m as excited as they are to see how they go.

“I’m very proud of the fact that I can say they’re from our Club, and to a large extent, Bathurst.”