Brothers Harry and Charlie Hillier have both been quite busy with their cricket recently.
Harry recently travelled to Bathurst to represent the Riverina in the Under 16s Bradman Cup competition, while his younger brother Charlie was in Dubbo last week contesting the Under 13s State Challenge for the Country NSW Thunder.
Charlie had a tremendous week, taking a total of seven wickets from five games.
On day one of the competition the young Deni Rhinos player returned figures of 1/11 off six overs and scored 14 runs in a two wicket loss against City Sixers in a 40 over fixture.
Day two was a massive day for Charlie, playing in two 20-20 matches with figures of 2/13 off four and 3/13 off three with the ball.
The day resulted in a 23 run loss to the Country Sixers and a three wicket loss to City Thunder.
Country Thunder had a breakthrough on day three, claiming a thrilling one run win over Country Sixers/Newcastle in a 40 over fixture on Wednesday.
After scoring 100 runs all out after 33 overs, the Sixers were in the box seat to win.
Charlie struck with his only wicket of the day, breaking a 25 run partnership to have the Sixers 5/81.
Wickets continued to fall but the game was still in favour of the Sixers, making their way to 99 runs with two wickets to spare.
Charlie (1/21 off 7.4) was involved in both the final wickets, taking a catch to have his opponents at 9/99.
In his next over with the ball, Charlie bowled a tight line, starting with three dot balls before a run out on his fourth ball handed the Thunder a victory.
On day four Charlie scored one not out with Thunder finishing at 9/122 after the allotted 40 overs against City Sixers on Thursday.
The Sixers claimed a nine wicket win after 26 overs, with Charlie having figures of 0/12 off three with the ball.
Charlie’s father Tim said that despite the losses, it had been a great week for Charlie.
‘‘He was picked in the side for his bowling and he’s bowled very well,’’ he said.
‘‘He was in the top 10 for the leading wicket takers.
‘‘To be able to do that playing amongst the best 50 kids in the state is awesome.’’
Harry was selected in the Riverina side as a bottom-age player, with the 15 year-old involved in two wins and two losses.
Batting down the order Harry batted in three of the four matches, scoring a total of 26 runs.
On day two he helped steer Riverina to a two wicket victory over Illawarra, scoring 15 not out to chase down the total of 129.
Earlier that day he was also given the opportunity to bowl, returning figures of 2/24 off six.
Harry’s father Tim said it was a tremendous effort for his son to be picked in the Riverina side.
‘‘To be a bottom ager and still be selected in the side is quite an achievement,’’ he said.
‘‘He missed out on being selected for the state side but he’s still got another year to have another crack.
‘‘He was a bit unlucky on day three where he was run out for a duck.
‘‘Harry was at the non-striker’s end with the other batsman calling for a run before changing his mind and Harry was dismissed with a direct hit from the fielder.’’