Former SUSF Elite Athlete Program (EAP) scholarship holder Nick Larkin is one step closer to representing Ireland after he scored a brilliant unbeaten double century against Leinster Lightning at Waringstown, Ireland.
Larkin, who played for the Sydney University Cricket Club (SUCC) before moving to Ireland at the end of the 2012/13 Sydney Grade Cricket season with an Irish passport, smashed an unbeaten 247 in his knock for the Northern Knights against the Leinster Lightning. It was the first double century in Irish Inter-Provincial cricket history.
The previous highest score in an Inter-Provincial match was Afzal (Alf) Masood’s 196 not out for North Leinster against South Leinster 30 years ago at Rathmines.
Larkin’s innings helped the Knights rack up an imposing 501 for 4 before declaring on the second day of their RSA Championship match.
The North Down opener did his international ambitions no harm whatsoever, showing the technique and patience required for the longer format of the game.
Larkin, who has played one match for the New South Wales Under 23 side in his native Australia, has made no secret of his desire to represent Ireland at the 2015 World Cup and beyond, and on this showing might not be far off a call-up.