Zac earns state call-up

 IT would be hard to find anyone more passionate about cricket than Zac Sheehan.

CRICKET FANATIC: Zac Sheehan at the QEO.

CRICKET FANATIC: Zac Sheehan at the QEO.

The Bendigo teenager is an avid follower of Sandhurst Cricket Club and plays every Saturday in the Victorian Blind Cricket Association in Melbourne.

After being named in the Blind Cricket Australia development squad last year, Sheehan has now been selected in the Victorian open age squad to compete in next month’s national titles in Melbourne.

“We’ll play four Twenty20 matches in Melbourne against ACT, South Australia, New South Wales and Queensland,’’ Sheehan, 17, said.

“My goal is to make the Australian senior squad down the track, so I was very happy to get state selection.”

Sheehan travelled to New Zealand last month with the Blind Cricket Australia development squad where the team was unbeaten in six matches.

“It was a great experience to go over there,’’ Sheehan said.

“I didn’t get much of a bat, but just to be over there was pretty good.”

A hard-hitting middle-order batsman, Sheehan said the Twenty20 format of the national titles would suit him.

“In domestic cricket I bat anywhere between three and six,’’ he said.

“It’s a lot of fun.”

Sheehan is one of only two country-based players to make the state squad.

 “The opening ceremony for the tournament is in the Long Room at the MCG and we get the opportunity to get a ticket to the World Cup semi-final at the MCG,’’ Sheehan added.

The games will be played on Premier Cricket grounds in Melbourne from March 16-20.