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Wednesday, 8 February 2012
Page: 265


Mr LYONS (Bass) (13:46): I rise to commend a very impressive young batsman in my electorate of Bass. His name is Zac Towns and he plays for the Riverside Cricket Club in the A-grade competition. His recent cricket accomplishments have been unbelievable. At the end of last year, during the Greater Northern Cup semi-final, Zac made an impressive 68 not out—a fantastic effort for a young cricketer. He also made 116 against Queensland in the under-17 competition. Zac is a special talent, and I am sure that he will be playing at a higher level in the near future. His unbelievable footwork and timing are a joy to behold. Zac represents an ever-increasing pool of talented cricketers that Tasmania is producing. I have no doubt that Zac will join the greats of Tasmanian cricket, such as David Boon and Ricky Ponting, to carry his bat at a national level. Zac is surely a future Australian cricket star.

While on the subject of cricket, I would like to offer my congratulations to Launceston born Ricky Ponting on being awarded an AO and on his outstanding contribution with the bat in Australia's 4-0 victory over India in the recent test series. He will continue to play a pivotal role in rebuilding the current Australian test side.