NSW gloveman special guest at CRCA dinner
CRCA PRESENTATION: New South Wales Blues wicketkeeper/batsman Jay Lenton will be special guest at the Clarence River Cricket Association (CRCA) Annual Dinner and Awards Presentation on Friday night.
Lenton, 25, made his first-class debut at the SCG in November, lining up for the Blues in the Sheffield Shield match against Victoria.
He played three Sheffield Shield matches in the 2015-16 season for the Blues and is a member of the Sydney Sixers T20 academy program.
Lenton has also enjoyed a stellar season with the Manly-Warringahin club in the Sydney Cricket Association Premier League first-grade competition.
He amassed 946 runs at an average of 67.6 which included four centuries. Behind the stumps he claimed 27 dismissals (24 catches, three stumpings).
Lenton has captained NSW in the Futures Leagues competition and has now played 16 matches for the Blues Second XI.
A member of the Blues state squad, Lenton is also employed by Cricket NSW as administration officer for NSW Cricket Umpires' and Scorers' Association (NSWCUSA) and completed a bachelor degree in sports coaching and administration at the Australian College of Physical Education.
Lenton visited the Clarence Coast last July for the July Racing Carnival and spent time in Grafton and Yamba and is looking forward to returning to the region.
"I really enjoyed my time in Grafton and Yamba in July and met many people associated with cricket in the week I spent there," he said.
"What stood out for me most was how passionate about their sport the people of the Clarence Coast are.
"I am looking forward to meeting many cricketers and cricket supporters at the CRCA presentation night and in advance I thank the association for the opportunity to attend and speak."
Former Clarence River Cricket Association umpire Darren Goodger, now executive officer of NSWCUSA said it was significant for local cricket to have secured Lenton as the special guest at the upcoming presentation night.
"This is significant for Clarence Valley cricket to have a current first-class professional cricketer as guest speaker at the CRCA presentation," Goodger said.
"Jay Lenton is an outstanding young man and cricketer. He is educated and articulate and I would encourage local cricketers and cricket lovers to come along to the CRCA presentation evening to hear him speak.
"Jay possesses a wonderful gift of the common touch and I know he's looking forward to mixing with local people on his visit."
For those interested in attending the CRCA Annual Dinner and Awards Presentation, tickets can be sourced through your local cricket club or by contacting the CRCA secretary Judy Disson on 0409 037 361 or firstname.lastname@example.org before Wednesday.
The CRCA presentation will be held in the Les Beattie Function Room at the GDSC commencing at 6.30pm on Friday.