IRELAND INTERNATIONAL allrounder and Hills clubman Max Sorensen has selected Balbriggan CC's Cian Nulty as this year's winner of the Leinster 'Find a Fast Bowler' competition after attending several underage provincial sessions.
Cian (12) is a pupil at Hedgestown National School in Lusk, has been playing competitively for Balbriggan since the age of six and comes from a strong cricket family (Murphys) where all seven children played at various levels. Indeed, his grandfather Tom played cricket for nearly 60 years! The youngster, whose best bowling figures to date were 512 against YMCA, has already played representative cricket for Leinster and North Leinster and lists Kevin O'Brien as his favourite Ireland player and Shane Watson as his global favourite. Cian also plays Gaelic football and hurling for O'Dwyer's and rugby for Balbriggan RFC and is a good swimmer to boot. Sorensen, who recently returned from the T20 World Cup in Sri Lanka, said: 'Cian is a worthy winner of the Leinster Cricket Union's 'Find a Fast Bowler' talent identification programme for this season. 'He possesses a fine bowling action and generates good pace for a 12-year-old. We worked on a few small technical areas including his grip and release position that should see him improve even further in the coming year. 'What particularly impressed me was the late swing he gets and his ability to bowl a very useful yorker. 'I look forward to following his progress at Balbriggan over the coming years.' Among previous winners of the Leinster Find a Fast Bowler competition is North County's Andrew Sheridan who picked up the accolade in 2008.