Within the space of a few days, 18-year-old Cameron McClure finished his year 12 exams, took four wickets in his senior premier cricket debut and made Victoria Country selection for a national competition.
McClure currently lives in Melbourne to follow his passion for the sport through SEDA college and last week finished his year 12 exams, was promoted to Essendon Cricket Club’s firsts side in the state’s premier cricket division and got the call up for the Cricket Australia Under 19 National Championships.
Admitting it was “a pretty big few days”, the former Maryborough cricketer said the first thing he did was ring his mum and dad after selections were made for the national championships.
“As soon as I saw the teams come out I was straight on the phone to dad. He was rapt and mum sounded like she had tears. They couldn’t even give me a hug because obviously I’m in Melbourne and they’re at home,” he said.
“I had some pretty big expectations heading in, I’ve worked really hard and I’ve made a lot of squad selections recently. I also had a lot of people telling me that I was going to get in, but you never know until you finally see your name.”
The selection for the national champs for McClure comes off the back of months of grueling selection criteria, among premier cricket with Essendon’s seconds side and developmental cricket squads.
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