Coutts' cricketing future in safe hands

THERE are bigger cricket clubs in the Clarence Valley than Coutts Crossing.

But for a small club, they have an outstanding crop of youngsters coming through the ranks.

Youngsters Lewis Chevalley, Brad Chard and Nick Wood, all aged 15, have been dominating local competitions and their spectacular form has earned all three a call up to representative squads.

Lewis and Nick were both included in various North Coast cricket squads, while Brad was chosen to represent the Clarence Valley in the Bradman Cup squad.

Their success has Coutts Crossing club president Ken Willis grinning from ear to ear.

“They play for our under-16 and second grade sides and have been pretty successful,” he said.

“They're all outstanding cricketers and top blokes.

“They're representative players so it's a bit of a thrill to have them in the club.”

Lewis's under-15 North Coast side, which also featured Lower Clarence junior Nathan Essex, tore through the competition to win their final in Singleton.

“I totally didn't expect them to win,” Lewis's father, Lance, said.

“It was a really big effort.”

Lance said cricket was his son's life. He recently scored his first century of the season.

Nick was selected to represent the under-16 North Coast squad and produced one of the big finishes of the tournament at Taree.

“I was stuck on 94 and there was only one ball left,” he said.

“I had to go for it no matter what and I just hit it over the boundary for my hundred.”

Nick followed his representative heroics with a five-hour, unbeaten knock of 137 in a recent local match.

“At the beginning I was just trying to stay in,” he said.

“Five hours later I had the runs.”

Nick said he loved playing with the 'nice people' at the Coutts Crossing club.

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