The National, Thursday 01st December 2011
PNG Under 19 captain and Hebou Barramundi Chris Kent achieved some excellent results playing grade cricket in Canberra for the North Canberra club as part of his Brian Bell scholarship.
Kent had been invited to play for the Australian Capital Territory U19s where he scored a man-of-the-match 96 helping ACT overcome NSW in a trial match yesterday.
This good form comes off Kent’s solid performances with the Hebou Barramundi’s in World Cricket League 2 and 3, Brian Bell Scholarship placement in Scotland (April-September 2011) and an outstanding U19 World cup Qualifier in Ireland where he scored over 460 runs in 8 matches to top the batting,
Based on his results in Ireland and his enormous potential Kent was invited to play for the ACT U19 state team in a trial against the NSW U19 team.
The match was an official selection trial for the ACT team to compete in this year Australian U19 national championship in Adelaide from Jan 10.
Kent showed his class opening the innings for ACT in their run chase against a strong NSW attack. NSW batted first and scored 9/210 off their 50 overs.
In reply ACT beat NSW scoring 6/212 off 47 overs with Kent scoring a match high 96 and being awarded man-of-the match for his performance.
With the final ACT team yet to be selected Kent’s results have put him in a strong position.
After the match, Kent said: “It was great to stand up in a big match. I really want to be selected in the team and play in the Australian championship against the best U19 players in Australia. “Given that Australia is ranked No 1 in U19s in the world, this is the strongest challenge I can face.
“It would be great preparation for my role in PNG’s T20 World Cup qualifier next March and U19 World Cup campaign next August”.
Cricket PNG wishes Kent the best in his quest for selection and success.