CHAMPAGNEMOMENT:The Valley?s junior cricketers enjoy an afternoon with NSW Pura Cup fast bowler Doug Bollinger, centre. Photo:
CHAMPAGNEMOMENT:The Valley?s junior cricketers enjoy an afternoon with NSW Pura Cup fast bowler Doug Bollinger, centre. Photo:

Doug king for a day

By TIM HOWARD

sport@dailyexaminer.com.au

NSW fast bowler Doug Bollinger has a lot in common with the excited crowd of CRCA junior cricketers who attended last night's presentation evening at South Grafton High School.

At 24 the lanky left-arm quick is only a relative newcomer to the sport, graduating with surprising speed from park cricket to the NSW Blues first team.

"I was playing park cricket in Sydney, and a few of my mates said I was bowling too quick for them and suggested I play grade," Bollinger said.

"I started in thirds and ended up winning a premiership in first grade.

"Next season I was picked in the NSW Second XI and in the ING and Pura teams the season after that."

Bollinger's talent has led to his selection for the Australian Cricket Academy and he has been short-listed for an Australia A team.

"Ultimately I want to play for Australia," he said.

"But at the moment, it looks like I can make my living playing sport."

Last night Bollinger presented the region's young cricketers with their awards.

The Daily Examiner will have a full list of the winners in a future edition.



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