THERE would not be too many players in the recent history of the Leongatha and District Cricket Association who’ve played A Grade, but still been young enough for the under 14s.
Perhaps they’ve been a few who’ve filled in on the odd occasion, but Leongatha Town’s Darcy Hume is earning his place at the top level.
He’ll be the co-captain of the LDCA’s Under 14 team at Country Week in January, not that he’s lined up at that level for the Scorpions this year.
Darcy has become a handy inclusion in the club’s first XI according to skipper Matt Davies.
“We’re in the position where we’re going to give kids a game and he’s taken that opportunity.”
Matt said he hasn’t shown any nerves at all.
“He holds his own, don’t worry about that. We’ve bowled him at the death in a couple of the one-dayers and he’s done the job for us.
“He’s bowled well and taken a few wickets. He gets a little bit of late swing and puts it in the right areas.”
Darcy took two wickets in Town’s win against Korumburra and another two against Glen Alvie.
He’s finding form with the bat in the under 16s, but is yet to reach double figures in the ones.
“He hasn’t had much luck with the bat but that will come,” Matt said.
“He’s been knocked over by some good ones but he has the technique to suggest he’ll be able to bat well.”
Darcy said he’s enjoying playing at the highest level locally, and learning on the job, both from his opponents and teammates, including Town’s two Sri Lankan imports Madura Madusanka and Yashas Alwis who’ve played first class cricket.
“It’s great to have them at the club,” Darcy said.
“I have an extra net session with them on Monday nights and they’ve been helping me a lot.”
Darcy’s older brother Jack established himself as an important player in Town’s first XI last year, also as a junior, and they’ve played a few games together this season with their dad Jareth, who’s still making handy contributions when called upon.
Young gun earns his place