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Nick passes state U17 selection test

DENNINGTON teenager Nick King was sitting a year 12 maths exam when news of his selection in the Victorian under 17 squad filtered through.
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Young Dennington batsman Nick King will represent Victoria at national under 17 titles. 141106DW75 Picture: DAMIAN WHITE

The opening batsman was unaware he would represent the state until after he emerged from a classroom at Warrnambool College about 5.15pm yesterday.

Nick knew selectors were releasing the squad at 4pm and found it tough to concentrate. But his nerves turned to jubilation upon learning of his inclusion.

“I got my phone back from the office and looked it up straight away. I was pretty happy,” he said.

Nick, 16, is one of 13 players who will line up for Victoria under coach Graeme Rummans at national championships in Hobart from December 1 to 11.

The Vics finished runner-up last summer and will chase national glory in two one-day matches and three two-day matches.

Four squad members featured at the 2013 championships, while six hail from country areas.

The year 11 student, who is completing his VCE over two years, earned selection after starring at a Country-versus-Metro selection series at Barooga in September.

He backed up his exploits with knocks of 64 not out, 39 and 55 not out for Dennington to open the Warrnambool and District Cricket Association season.

His cricket resume also includes playing for Western Waves at under 14 and under 16 state championships. But Hobart will be his first national championships.

“I’ve never done anything like this before. Last year I tried out for the Vic Country team but I didn’t make it. This year I made Vic Country and now this,” he said.

“I think I did pretty well (at Barooga). I made a few runs. The coaches were pretty happy with how I went. I thought I was a chance of making it but I wasn’t sure.”

Nick said state selection seemed out of reach when he went through a form slump in late 2013, which culminated with him being demoted to the Dogs’ seconds.

“It was the last thing on my mind. I wouldn’t have imagined it really,” he said.

But he rediscovered his touch in division two, blasting 124 not out against Koroit on the first Saturday in January, and has barely looked back since.

Dogs co-coaches Dustin Drew and Jamie Fogarty and club stalwart Mick Rantall have been mentors, as has his Waves coach John Houston.

“I’ve noticed doing a lot of work in the off-season and getting time to play up at Barooga, it’s made me more ready for the start of the season here,” he said.

Victoria will start its titles preparation with training and a match against an under 18 development squad on November 23.

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