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Thunder Indigenous XI Star Receives Cricket NSW Award

27 May 2019

Ben Patterson with Dubbo Cricket's Adam Wells, development officer Matt Ellis, and Cricket NSW's Bruce Whitehouse

Ben Patterson acknowledged for performance at Toyota Australian Country Championships

Last week in Dubbo, Thunder Nation’s Ben Patterson was acknowledged as the NSW Male Player of the Toyota Australian Country Championships.

Patterson hit 189 runs at average of 27 and took 10 wickets at 22.6 at the Championships, which were held in Victoria in January.

His performance at the tournament also earned him selection in the Australian Country Merit team.

The talented all-rounder is a member of Sydney Thunder’s Indigenous XI, supported by Homestar Finance.

Patterson was part of Australia’s historic tour of the UK in 2018 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the 1868 Aboriginal team which toured the UK.

"The England tour was something special,” he told the Daily Liberal.

"It's been my biggest cricket achievement to date and I think that has helped everything. Whether it's cultural or cricket, I spent time with people from different mobs and got to see how they go about their cricket and lives in general.”

He was joined by Sydney Thunder Indigenous XI teammate Brock Larance on the tour and the pair’s efforts were also recognised last week.

Manager of Dubbo Post Office Virginia Brown was on hand to present the pair with a framed commemorative stamp issue The First Cricket Tour: 150 Years, which was released last May to coincide with the international tour anniversary.