Check on Price delivers hundred

HOPEFUL: Nathan Price remains committed to breaking back into the NSW Futures League side. Picture: Gettys.NATHAN Price knew NSWtalent manager and chairman of selectorsDavid Freedman was sitting in the grandstand of Richmond’s Owen Earle Oval two weeks ago.
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More importantly, he knew the former Blues left-arm wrist spinner was there to view Price, and several of his Randwick-Petersham teammates, at close quarters.

The Wallsend product made the opportunity count, scoring123 not out off131 deliveries to lead Randwick to a nine-wicket victory over Hawkesbury. The knock was Price’s third Sydney grade cricket century this season, placing him fourth in the competition on aggregate with 547 runs at 68.38.

The 28-year-old hopes the performance convinced Freedman that his explosive batting is worth another shot in the NSW Second XI side for the remaining two Futures League matches against Victoria and ACT.

“It was obviously a good day to get runs and hopefully I’ve put name forward for the Futures League going forward,” Price said.

“I feel like I’m playing pretty well, so it would be nice to get a go if I could, if not, that’s cool.”

Price heard while Randwick were in the field that Freedman was watching play from the grandstand and that hewas keen to see the right-handed No.3 score some runs.

“I haven’t played for NSW for a couple of years, so he probably wanted to come out and have a refresher and see where I’m at and whether I’ve improved over the last couple of years,” he said.

Price certainly hasimproved since he last played NSW Second XI in 2012. However, the Australian Indigenous representative played Futures League for the ACT last summer.

Price credits his winter season with Darwin clubTracy Village,where he scored347 runs at 57.83 in his six matches, for his golden summer.

“I’ve scored over 800 runs in all forms of cricket already and that’s more than I’ve scored in a whole season previously,” he said.“It’s definitely been my best year so far.”

“I reckon my trip to Darwin was a big help. I hit the ground running when I got back because I already had a couple months of playing and training.

“’I’ve really tried to step up the amount of training I’ve been doing this year because I’m getting older and need to give it a crack now or stop playing.It’s bit of a now or never kind of thing.”

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