The representative cricket started coming for Gus Cornish, and it won't stop coming any time soon for the Orange young gun.
Cornish has been selected as part of the Country Thunder Western Riverina under 14 team to take part at the Cricket NSW State Challenge in Dubbo.
Players were originally set to be picked based on a mix of club, representative and Kookaburra Cup performances but the cancellation of the latter due to bushfires near Albury robbed selectors of a chance to assess the talent on offer.
That meant Cornish - along with seven other western players - were picked on merit from representative cricket from late 2019, which was a nod the batter had no reason to expect.
"I was just hoping when I played Central West this year I was just thinking about then, not really thinking about the future," he said.
It's a big task to go play at that level with all the people involved in that and it'll be a good challenge.Gus Cornish
"It was a bit of a shock to get picked in that but I'm really happy."
Cornish is fresh off a winning title in the Western NSW Junior Cricket Carnivals' under 15 side, where Mitchell claimed its first title since 2012.
Skipper Blake Kreuzberger, who stunned with a 16-ball half ton in the final, said Cornish was one of the players who'd stood up during the carnival, especially in his first knock against an over-age Wakatipu High School on the opening day.
Cornish came in at number six after a collapse and made a gritty 24, while he was also handy with the ball, picking up four wickets, and he's hoping to take confidence from his performance.
"Yeah I hope so, I did alright this week so a bit of confidence but I can't get too far ahead of myself."
"I mean it's a big task to go play at that level with all the people involved in that and it'll be a good challenge.
"I like challenges which was good."
Cornish said he'd love the chance to raise the bat against some of the state's best, too.
"I'm looking to get 50, a couple of runs on the board and help the team out," he said.
The State Challenge begins on Monday with a 50-over game. It'll be followed by two Twenty20 clashes on Tuesday and longer-form games on Wednesday and Thursday.
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