Quorn Cricket Club captain Alex Hosking has been a star in the local competition in recent years and now has the chance to show off his ability at the 2019 Australian Country Cricket Championships.
After strong performances with the Upper North side at the SA Country Cup, Hosking was picked to represent the South Australian country cricket team in Shepparton, Victoria.
He previously played for the SA Outbacks at the championships in Bunbury, Western Australia in 2010.
Hosking said he was ecstatic to be representing his state again in the lead-up to the competition.
“I’m absolutely over the moon,” he said. “It’s a bit of a hiatus since I was last picked, so I’m looking forward to getting back involved.”
It’s a bit of a hiatus since I was last picked, so I’m looking forward to getting back involved.Alex Hosking
Despite Upper North’s disappointing country carnival earlier this year – finishing last after winning the cup in 2017 – Hosking stood tall to be named Wicket Keeper of the Carnival.
While his displays as a wicket keeper caught the eye of selectors, Hosking was ultimately selected for the SA Outbacks as a batsman.
The 30-year-old showed his prowess as an opening batsman during the 2017-18 Port Augusta Cricket Association season, smashing three consecutive centuries en route to a second-straight A Grade premiership with Quorn.
The championships consist of competitions in both twenty20 and one-day formats.
Hosking believes the SA side is particularly strong in short-form cricket.
“Our coach Paul (Pasculli) believes Twenty20 is probably going to be our strength because we’ve got a lot of guys who can hit some very long balls, a very good tight bowling attack and a really good fielding unit,” he explained.
“Hopefully we can have some success in Twenty20, then take that momentum into the 50-over games to finish off the fortnight.”