A big congratulations to Liam Fitzpatrick and Tom Nelson who have been selected in Cricket Victoria's Emerging Performance Squad for the 2023/24 season. This is a huge reward for their excellent performances last season, where both boys shone in our first XI.
Liam Fitzpatrick raises the bat after a blistering 100 against Dandenong in round 14 last season
Liam established himself as one of Victoria's top young batters finishing the season as the third leading run scorer with 707 runs at an average of 44, which included a dazzling 154 against Dandenong and passing fifty on five other occasions. On top of this, Liam captained the club for half the season in the absence of Ben Rowles, further demonstrating his leadership capabilities at the top level.
Tom Nelson sending down a rocket against Melbourne University in round 10 last season
Tom stamped his place in the competition in what was his first full season at the top level. He was a consistent performer finishing with 22 wickets across all formats and particularly shone in the Super Slam with figures of 4/28, 3/26 and 2/18. Tom's emergence as one of the competitions most raw and lethal fast bowlers has earnt him his spot in this squad and we cannot wait to watch him launch thunderbolts from the Bowen St End this year.
The Magpie family is very proud of both boys achievements thus far and we look forward to watching them develop further over the coming season and beyond!