Alex Porter of the Bacchus Marsh Cricket Club has been announced as the recipient of the twelfth Cricket Willow UK Scholarship.
The scholarship, a fantastic initiative from Cricket Willow, allows the recipient to play a season of club cricket in Yorkshire, England from April to September 2019. Porter will spend a season with Houghton Main Cricket Club in the South Yorkshire League in Premier division.
During December, Cricketers from the Central Highlands Region aged between 19 and 28 years were invited to submit an expression of interest for the scholarship, with several impressive applications received.
The applications were assessed on merit by a Selection Committee comprising of Region Board Members Geoff McRae and Campbell Waring, Cricket Manager – Central Highlands Tom McCarthy and Adrian Tinetti from Cricket Willow.
Porter’s application painted a picture of a mature young man, who contributes greatly to cricket both on and off the field.
20-year-old, Porter, is a right-handed batsman. He has played all his cricket with Bacchus Marsh CC and batted at various positions within the order. In 2018/19, Porter has found his niche as an opening batsman. He is enjoying a stellar season to-date, having amassed over 300 runs in the Gisborne District Cricket Association Premier Firsts competition.
Complimenting Porter’s on-field performances, he also contributes greatly off-field, taking the role of secretary at the Bacchus Marsh CC and assisting with the club’s Woolworths Junior Blasters program.
Porter has a great passion for sport and is currently studying a Bachelor of Sport Management and Business at Federation University in Ballarat. He hopes to be an administrator in elite sport in future years.
Thanks to the generous support from Houghton Main Cricket Club and the Tinetti family at Cricket Willow, through the scholarship, Porter will receive:
The patron of the scholarship is Geoff McRae, life member and former chairman of the Central Highlands Region Board. McRae has made a tremendous contribution to cricket in regional Victoria and has overseen the development of many young cricketers in the Central Highlands Region.