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Newy cricketer Aidan Cahill rewarded with Basil Sellers Scholarship

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Fresh off the back of selection in the Australian under-19 World Cup preliminary squad, Newcastle City cricketer Aidan Cahill has received another boost.

The Lambton youngster was recently named as a 2021/22 Basil Sellers Scholarship recipient.

He follows 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 talented 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.

Cahill is one of 12 players awarded a Basil Sellers Scholarship in 2021/22, with all having progressed through the Cricket NSW Pathway system, representing either NSW Metropolitan or ACT/NSW Country at various underage national championships.

“I’m humbled by it,” 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.”

In its 16th year, the program awards scholarships to promising male and female cricketers under the age of 19 and supports scholars and their families with expenses such as education, travel and the cost of relocation from regional areas.

In addition, they are also offered a two-year Team Kookaburra equipment sponsorship, through the generous support of Kookaburra, one of Cricket NSW’s longstanding partners.

Founder and philanthropist Basil Sellers AM said each of the 12 scholars had a great opportunity to pursue their dream of becoming elite cricketers.

“It’s been a challenging 18 months for the state’s best emerging youngsters,” he explained.

“But, it has been a character-building time for these 11 recipients in their pursuit to represent their state and country at the highest level, too.

“The perfect cricketing all-rounder is not just someone who performs in the middle but understand the importance of personal development away from the sport arena through education.

“By their actions, they are revered as role models and leaders among their peers, while conducting themselves in a manner which is in keeping with the spirit of our great game.

“I look forward to following with keen interest the progress of this year’s recipients.

“I encourage all to seize upon the support and opportunities they have been afforded.”

The 11 new scholars take the total number to be awarded with a Basil Sellers Scholarship since its inception in 2006/07 to 144.

Of these, 20 have gone on to represent Australia.

Cricket NSW chief executive Lee Germon thanked Sellers for his significant contribution to the development of the state’s finest cricketers.

“Basil is one of Australian sports most generous philanthropists and his ongoing support of the state’s emerging talent is not only appreciated by the recipients and their families but by the wider NSW cricket community,” he said.

“His incredible generosity has supported the careers of more than 140 of NSW and Australia’s finest cricketers, while reinforcing the importance of not only being great athletes but better people.”

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and travel restrictions between Greater Sydney and regional NSW, the annual presentation evening took place virtually at which Sellers was able to speak to the array of scholars.

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