It was a special moment for Pomonal and Tatyoon junior cricketer Bailey Hosemans when he was presented with his Central Highlands cricket cap on Thursday.
Grampians cricketer Kayla Stuchbree was also recognised for her selection in the female under-18 Central Highlands side.
Stuchbree dominated in the December championships, picking up five wickets and scoring 76 runs.
The 13-year-old Hosemans will compete in the Central Highlands under-14 junior state championships which kick off in Melbourne next week.
Hosemans’ coach, Gavin Mackay, said the cap presentation night is a great moment for everyone involved with the team.
“It is always a good night. I think we are the only region that runs a formal cap presentation night, which is pretty special,” he said.
“It is a bit of a thank you night to all the parents, player coaches and anyone involved.”
The under-14 team will hold its final training session on Wednesday before heading to Melbourne for the championships which will run from Monday to Friday.
Mackay said he is happy with the way his side is shaping up ahead of the tournament.
“We have a pretty good group and I think we are quite even across the board,” he said. Hosemans will play a crucial role in the side having been selected as the opening batsman.
Mackay said he is confident Hosemans will be able to fill the role successfully.
“He has a lot of talent with the bat,” he said.
“He also provides us with some mid range bowling and he is a cracking fielder too.”
The under-14 Central Highlands side will begin its campaign against Northern Rivers on Monday.