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Pride of Canterbury selected in national U19 team

Pride of Canterbury selected in national U19 team

Canterbury, the new national under-19 cricket crown holder, will have four reps in the national team for the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup in January.

Dual age-group international Logan van Beek; Tom Latham, a son of long-serving Canterbury player and BLACKCAP Rod Latham; Corey Anderson, the youngest player in New Zealand first-class cricket history to gain a contract; and East-Shirley’s Tim Johnston were named in the national side after Canterbury captured the U19 crown for the fifth time last Sunday.

Van Beek, grandson of former double international cricketer Sam Guillen, also played for New Zealand Junior Tall Blacks at the Fiba world under-19 tournament in July.

Christchurch will be the headquarters when the world’s premier youth cricket event starts on 10 January, 2010. Other group matches will be held in Queenstown and Palmerston North. The group matches will decide which top eight teams will contest the Super League title in Christchurch and which eight teams will travel to Napier to contest the Plate competition.

“It is thrilling to see that we have top representation in the national team and we, as a city, are inspired by the achievements of these young men,” says John Filsell, Manager, Recreation & Sports, with the Christchurch City Council.

“I believe it will inspire a new generation of cricket players in Christchurch and a new generation of cricket fans,” says Mr Filsell. “Those who will take part in the event are assured of true camaraderie, of renewing long friendships from across the world, making some new ones because we have a tradition of being excellent hosts and, more importantly, excellent competitors.”

“The youth world cup will lay a solid foundation for further development of cricket in Christchurch,” he says.

The New Zealand squad will play a three-match warm-up series against Pakistan in Blenheim from January 3-7 before the U19 CWC is officially opened on January 10. Group matches begin 19 January in Christchurch (two groups), Queenstown and Palmerston North (one group each).

Brief Bios:

Corey Anderson
Age: 19 years
Batting: Left-hand bat
Bowling: Left-arm medium-fast
Plays first class cricket for Canterbury. Was a member of the New Zealand U19 team at the 2008 U19 Cricket World Cup. Best cricketing achievement was winning the first-class championship in 2007/08. Cricket heroes include Chris Cairns and Andrew Flintoff.

Tim Johnston
Age: 19 years
Batting: Right-hand bat
Bowling: Right-arm offbreak
Was a member of the Canterbury team that won the U17 national championship. Cricket heroes include Brendon McCullum and Graham Swann.

Tom Latham
Age: 17 years
Batting: Left-hand bat
Bowling: Right-arm medium
Son of former Canterbury player and BLACKCAP Rod Latham. Made the New Zealand U19 side last season and was top scorer on their north Island tour. Cricket heroes include Adam Gilchrist and Sachin Tendulkar.

Logan van Beek
Age: 19 years
Batting: Right-hand bat
Bowling: Right-arm fast
A double international who has played age group Basketball for New Zealand. He is a grandson of Simpson (Sammy) Guillen, who played cricket for both the West Indies and New Zealand in the 1950s. Cricket heroes include his grandfather and Shane Watson.


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