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The #1 Number One?
The inaugural CWCA draft is fast approaching.
This week, Silly Point takes a closer look at 5 players who some say might go at Pick 1 - on a day that looms as the biggest yet in each of their fledgling careers.
TRIAL GAMES: 45*(30), 5(7), 16(12)
Dashing young keeper-batsmen Howe announced himself on the CWC scene with an assured performance in his first trial game, displaying a real flair with the bat coupled with a confident and ambitious character. Despite not going on with an innings since; it is early days and he shows real promise, with both bat and gloves.
A keeper of this batting quality is a rare find, and some sides may look to draft strategically and grab hold of him in the early rounds.
TRIAL GAMES: 1/8(3), 0/9(3), 1/9(2)
Sriram truly looks to be a bowler with all the tricks.
Thus far, he has dazzled even the most promising young batsmen in his trial matches; proving to be both incredibly difficult to score off and a constant wicket-taking threat.
The sky could be the limit for this youngster, and with a dearth of wrist spinners in the draft pool he may be a wise choice for Pick 1.
STYLE: Defensive Batsmen/Aggressive Bowler
TRIAL GAMES: 18(10) & 1/10(3), 1/26(2), 10(15) & 1/16(2)
To date young Chris Lewis has been solid, if unspectacular, as captain of his trial team.
Despite not setting the world alight with bat or ball, he has been a solid contributor and looks to have real qualities as a leader.
Miserly with the ball, and capable of fireworks with the bat, Lewis may be something of a dark horse early on in a draft with few genuine all-round prospects.
TRIAL GAMES: 1/8(3), 0/22(4), DNP
In his first trial match, Sharma looked unplayable and at times appeared a step ahead of his peers. A more moderate performance in game two, and a victim of rotation for the third match, we may not yet have seen just what this player is capable of.
One of the fastest bowlers in the entire draft, Sharma could be the ideal spear-head and may even go at Pick 1.
TRIAL GAMES: 35*(32), 2(7), 44*(37)
Hurricane is a batsmen who truly has it all.
Both innovative and somewhat dominant in his trial matches to date; Hurricane has also taken the leadership of his side squarely upon his shoulders, already showing a tendency to stand up when the team needs it most. He seems to have all the shots, and the maturity of a player beyond his years.
No matter where he is selected in the draft - and it is no surprise he is the choice of some pundits for Pick 1 - Hurricane has the potential to become a star.
It could be one of these young men, or it may be another - but regardless of who goes at Pick Number 1 in the CWCA draft, it is with some excitement that we look towards the dawning of these rookie players' careers.
Anita Knapp, Silly Point