NIC’S TRUE BLUE – Maddinson makes NSW debut

BIG CHANCE: Former Shoalhaven batsman Nic Maddinson will make his first class debut for NSW this weekend. Photo: KYLIE PITT – HAWKESBURY GAZETTENIC Maddinson is set to become only the second man from the Shoalhaven to play first class cricket with NSW.

He is heading off to Adelaide to take on South Australia in the Ryobi One-day Cup tomorrow (Saturday), and then the Weet-Bix Sheffield Shield match that starts on Monday.

It has been a meteoric rise for the 18-year-old left-handed batsman who was a member of the Australian team that won the ICC Under 19 World Cup last season.

While he performed well at that level, many observers felt that the NSW squad’s wealth of top order talent would mean he may have to wait before making the next step.

However impressed by his potential, the state selectors have given him his chance.

The One-day Cup demands new strategies with the 45-over innings split in two sections of 20 and 25 overs; while the four-day Sheffield Shield game remains more traditional.

However Maddinson has the ability to vary his game accordingly.

The only other player from the Shoalhaven to make the first class level with the Blues was Ian Davis in 1973-74, who made his Test debut the same season.

• Locally the 2010-11 South Coast Register Shoalhaven senior and junior cricket competitions also get under way this weekend – See Behind the Stumps with Alan Clark starting page 27.

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