Teenage cricketer Scott Campbell sent a timely message to the Ireland Under-19 selectors at the weekend when he recorded his debut Senior One century in Coleraine's opening day defeat to Bready.
Better known as a bowler, Campbell batted through the entire Coleraine innings at Magheramason, amassing 109 not out in a tremendous personal performance against last year's Senior Cup winners.
The 18-year-old hit nine boundaries during his three hours plus at the crease, a feat made all the more remarkable considering he had captained Coleraine Inst First XI to a good win over Ballymena Academy earlier in the day.
“Scott played with a composure and maturity well beyond his years as he set about rebuilding Coleraine's innings after a shaky start," said a club spokesperson.
Campbell, a rising star in the game, is a member of the prestigious Cricket Ireland North Academy where he has benefitted from top-class coaching over the winter months.
He has also just been named in the 19-strong Ireland squad for this summer's Under-19 World Cup in Australia and is expected to play a key role 'down under.'
“The talent with the bat and strength of character which he displayed in the game on Saturday will surely have caught the Irish selectors' eyes as they consider the make-up of the final World Cup team," added the spokesperson.