GREAT Lakes cricketer, Bryan Warren, is the recipient of the prestigious Adam Gilchrist Cricket Development Scholarship for 2014.
Warren, 18, was returning from a successful tour of New Zealand with the Emus U21 Colts side when he received an email from Adam Gilchrist informing him of his selection. Gilchrist stated that Warren "would be joining a long list of very good players who have been scholarship winners in the past, including Ben Dougall (South Australia) and Sam Whiteman (WA)."
Gilchrist began this scholarship in 2004 following his own time in England in 1989 on a Big Brother Scholarship, which put him on the path of becoming one of Australia's finest cricketers and one of the cricket world's most punishing batsmen.
He was placed at the Richmond Cricket Club in London and scored an incredible 2700 runs in the season.
The award is designed to assist young cricketers who begin their cricket in country areas and have the potential to develop both as a sportsman and a person.
Warren had already achieved a placement at Richmond CC, London, through the NNSW Lord's Taverners program for the northern summer and this scholarship has been the icing on the cake. Having toured England and Scotland in 2013 with the NSW CHS Schoolboys team, Warren was determined to return to further develop his game.
As a fast bowler the conditions will be slightly different to those experienced in Australia, but he looks forward to the challenge. He also hopes to gain a lot more experience in batting as he may be playing up to three games a week. He will also be coaching the juniors of the club, having recently achieved his Cricket Australia coaching accreditation.
Having finished his HSC last year, Warren has deferred his university studies for 12 months and will most likely play for a Sydney club on his return to Australia for the 2014-15 season.
He still has several representative fixtures this year - the Manning First XI inter-district game against Hastings this Sunday at Laurieton, and the U19 Colts country titles to be held in Coffs Harbour, February 21-23, when he will represent the North Coast.
He leaves for England in mid April and will return in mid September.