Rising Parramatta Cricket Club star Jacob Workman is looking at the under-17s national championships as a way to continue his incredible run of selections.
Although based in Blacktown, Jacob, who recently turned 17, has made his name at Parramatta, playing in the under-16s Green Shield, under-21s Poidevin-Gray Shield and rising up to second grade for the club.
The 2017 national championships will also be his second outing for the under-17s NSW Metro team, making him one of the senior statesmen in the team.
“Hopefully we can win it like we did last year, it was a really good experience,” Jacob said.
“I was just part of the team. We performed really well as a squad and we won the final up there pretty comfortably. It was just a really good time up there and I hope it’s the same this year.”
It was a great performance from NSW Metro last year, which eventually won the under-17s title by 152 runs against Queensland.
Jacob was given limited game time, playing four games and taking two wickets in 13 overs.
However, the exposure to the under-17s set up has given him a strong base for this year’s titles.
“I feel more comfortable now and I feel good,” Jacob said.
“You just have to get the basics right and then the rest will take care of itself, whether it’s taking wickets or scoring runs.”
Last season was great for Jacob at Parramatta, where he made his Poidevin-Gray Shield debut and played 11 second grade games.
His Poidevin-Gray form was especially strong, where Jacob took 14 wickets at an average of 18.57 to finish equal fourth in wickets for the competition in a season where a young Parramatta side went on to win the title undefeated.
Ahead of this season, Jacob wants to continue to perform against older opponents.
“I just want to consolidate my spot in second grade and perform really well there,” he said.
“In PGs, hopefully we can back it up and I look forward to playing well this season.”
The under-17s national championships will take place in Brisbane September 25-October 5.