ALLEN Sullivan has forced selectors to pick him through a weight of runs, according to Western Zone manager David Redden.
Wicket keeper/batsman Sullivan, along with Bowen Centrals' quick Daniel Carter and CYMS' opener Dave Neil are the three Orange players taking the field for Western at the Northern Regional Country Championships starting in Maitland tomorrow.
Cavaliers' Sullivan will make his debut for the all-age Western side tomorrow, a selection that came after some smashing innings so far this season.
"He has scored that many runs that he forced selectors to look at him," Redden said.
"He's earned this the hard way through a weight of runs."
Sullivan is averaging 78.86 at the crease this season, which has included two centuries for Orange.
Redden said Sullivan's 123 for Orange in the President's Cup final against Bathurst was a "terrific" knock that made selectors take notice.
"He's one of those players who can change a match in his own hands," Redden said. "He's also a real asset as a keeper and at the stumps I think he's the best in country NSW."
Redden said the NSW Country keeper position was up for grabs this weekend, with a strong performance from Sullivan putting him in the running for the place.
Western play Newcastle at Tornton Oval tomorrow, which Redden said would be a tough test for Sullivan.
"He'll be up against the big boys so it will be a real big test for him."
Sullivan has played for NSW Country colts in the past, but this carnival will be his first chance to play against in the best in country NSW.
"He's got a lot of talent and deserves to be in that company," Redden said.