SHOT: Charlestown first grade all-rounder Glenn Winsor, in his third season travelling from Singleton to play at the Newcastle club, will represent the Cricket XI at the Under-19 National Championships. Picture: Marina NeilGlenn Winsor’sset to become a lifeguard at his hometown Singleton Pool.
But a start date has been put on hold for the Hunter-bred 17-year-old, who has continuous cricket commitments up until Christmas.
The Charlestown first grade all-rounder will represent the Under-17 Cricket XI at the Under-19 National Championships in Tasmania from Monday and then follows up with Newcastle’s under-18 squad at the NSW Country Colts Championships in Tamworth later next month.
“I had the [job] interview today, but I can’t work all December because I’m away so hopefully I start in January,” the former PCH player said.
It will be a busy period for theright-arm paceman and right-hand batsman, but it almost didn’t eventuate.
Winsor player struggled with stress fractures in his lower back for nine months and heonlyreturned to the field in late September.
Rehabilitation work on his core, including yoga and stretching, helped him recover, prepare and then participate in the Under-17 National Championships with ACT-NSW Country.
Performances at the tournament, including 209 runs at an average of 41.8 and nine wickets at 19 apiece,led to his selection in the n under 17s squad.
“I wasn’t really sure [how I’d go] because they were my first games back and I’d beenout for nine months withstress fractures,” Winsor said.
“[When I was out] It was stiff and sore through the day, but not anything heaps painful unless you start running around.
“I knew I’d be able to play again, but I wasn’t sure if I could bowl that quick again. It’s beengood [so far] andback to normal.”
Winsor will line up alongside fellow Hunter junior Will Fort (Norths –Maitland) at the upcoming 12-day competition and against players almost two years his senior including Newcastle star Jason Sangha, who is set toskipper the Under-19 ACT-NSW Country side.
“I’m pretty keen to play,” he said.
“I think the bowlers will be quicker and the batters will be better. They will all know how to play the game.”
Winsor departswith the team on Friday before meeting Victoria Metro at Hobart’s New Town Oval a few days later. Round games follow against Tasmania, Western , ACT-NSW Country and South . Play-offs take place betweenDecember 12 and 15.
The colts carnival, with four of his Charlestown clubmates,then goes from December 18 to 21.
In his third season at the fourth-placed Magpies, he will now missback-to-back two-day encounters.
“We’ve got a good young side and we’ve been starting to play well,” the former Singleton High School student said.