Rising stars awarded

March 22, 2017

Vaughan Kirk and James Arendt were two Bushies who picked up end of season awards from the Wangaratta and District Cricket Association last week.

It was the young Bushrangers in the limelight last week during the Wangaratta and District Cricket Association junior awards night.

Vaughan Kirk, 16, scooped the top prize on the night — under-16 player of the year for the association.

It topped off a strong season with the Bushrangers for the FCJ College student.

He averaged taking a wicket a game for both A-grade and under-16 level throughout the season.

His best figures for the season was a 4/35 in the Bushies’ win over Delatite last month.

He also bagged 87 runs for the under-16s against Rutherglen in October. He averaged more than 40 over the season.

In the future Kirk sees himself staying with the Bushies and hopes to be picked for state representative sides.

If he had it his way, Kirk would go on to play four or five day cricket professionally in either Australia or England.

‘‘I’d like to eventually go to England and play over there, for something different,’’ he said.

Also among the awards on the night were James Arendt, Bode Stevens and Jack Fullager for their performances during the recent city versus country week tournament.

Arendt, 15, played for Wangaratta Blue in the recent tournament, taking a wicket with the first ball of his first over.

‘‘I was lucky enough to get a wicket with my first ball of the week. It all kind of went from there, I got a few more as the week went on and played quite well I thought. I was lucky enough to make some runs as well,’’ he said.

Arendt, a Benalla P-12 College student hopes his performances in country week have earned him a spot in the North East Knights junior representative team for next season.

‘‘I’d like to be selected for the North East Knights next season, and then hopefully I can be selected for other teams from there.

‘‘I’d want to be a 50-over player definitely (in future). It’d be a dream to make Australia, but I’d say I’d definitely want to play for the state,’’ Arendt said.

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