Region's cricket stars learn from Victoria's best: Pictures

BENDIGO District Cricket Association young guns were put to the test in Cricket Victoria's Diamonds in the Bush program last week. 

Sandhurst spinner Liam Bowe, Bendigo all-rounder Nathan Fitzpatrick and White Hills duo Rhys Irwin and Brayden Stepien attended the under-23 camp in Bendigo on Friday.

The Diamonds in the Bush program is aimed at unearthing young talent from across the state. 

The Bendigo quartet took part in a range of activities including being introduced to Victorian cricketers Ryan Sidebottom and Jon Holland. 

"Both Ryan and Jon shared their respective pathways on how they became Victorian cricketers," Northern Rivers regional manager Ben DeAraugo said.

"They both have had different ways of making it to the elite level of cricket."

DeAraugo said players from Bendigo, Shepparton and Goulburn Murray then took part in an open net session. 

"We videoed the net session and then we sat down were able to analyse the footage," he said. 

"Each of the coaches explained to the players about how they could generate more pace when they ball, to find balance or to hit the ball harder."

DeAraugo said all players were then asked to put what they learnt into practice in the second net session. 

He said the Bendigo cricketers performed well. 

DeAraugo said some of the young players would now be asked to try-out for the Northern Rivers regional team, which will compete in the state championships in January.  

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