Newcastle City Cricket Club all-rounder Aidan Cahill has tasted early success at the ICC Under-19 World Cup with Australia winning its opening match overnight.
The talented green and gold outfit knocked over the West Indies by six wickets in the first outing, in Group D, at Guyana’s Providence Stadium on 14 January.
The hosts could only manage 169, with Cahill returning 0-13 with the ball.
Australian then chased down the target, at 4-170, with five overs remaining.
Cahill entered the fixture in good form, having compiled a handy 27 in a warm-up game against India at the same venue.
He backed it up with 0-41 when thrown the pill.
Australia next meets Sri Lanka at the Conaree Cricket Centre on 17 January, before a showdown with Scotland on 19 January.
The Lambton youngster was recently named as a 2021/22 Basil Sellers Scholarship recipient, following in the illustrious footsteps of Australian representatives Sean Abbott, Stella Campbell, Nicola Carey, Lauren Cheatle, Pat Cummins, Hannah Darlington, Ashleigh Gardner, Josh Hazlewood, Alyssa Healy, Phillip Hughes (dec), Usman Khawaja, Nic Maddinson, Erin Osborne, Kurtis Patterson, Ellyse Perry, Gurinder Sandhu, Steven Smith, Naomi Stalenberg, Mitchell Starc and Adam Zampa.
A gifted batsman and medium pace bowler, Cahill took an impressive 37 wickets at an average of 12.92 in the Newcastle District Cricket Association last season.
The 18-year-old also featured prominently for Northern Districts in the Poidevin Gray under-21 competition, where he scored 234 runs at an average of 46.80, including 115 off 67 deliveries against Penrith.
“I’m humbled by it (Basil Sellers Scholarship),” he said.
“It’s a very prestigious honour and am still shocked to have received it.
“This scholarship means a huge amount to my whole family.
“And, it will certainly help my development as an aspiring cricketer and support my educational studies.”
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