Inverloch Cricket Club’s Josh Williams with dad Warren Williams after the 11 year-old took five wickets in the C Grade, Division 1 match against the Wonthaggi Workmen on Saturday.
• C Grade Division 1
HE is still eligible to play Under 12 cricket, but 11 year-old Josh Williams showed he can match it with senior players when he claimed five wickets in the LDCA C Grade, Division 1 competition on Saturday.
Playing alongside dad Warren, the youngster stunned his opponents as he tore through the Wonthaggi Workmen’s batting line-up on his way to a 5/48 performance.
Among his scalps was Mat Cadwallender who took his own five wickets on the opening day of the innings.
“It was amazing, he got a lot of good batsmen out,” Cadwallender said.
“He bowled very well, I faced about three or four overs and there were no bad overs, all the balls were bowled beautifully.”
Despite the ball hardly fitting in the youngster’s hand, it didn’t stop him claiming some of the Workers’ top batsmen.
“He managed to spin it every time,” Cadwallender said.
“We have a few guys in our side that used to play A Grade and he bowled them out, he did a really good job.”
Cadwallender said despite Josh’s young age, you can never underestimate the up and coming juniors.
“We never get shocked by them,” he said.
“He was really listening to people and doing what they were telling him to do.
“If he was playing against better batsmen, I’m sure he would have got more wickets.”
Cadwallender said if Saturday’s performance was anything to go by, Inverloch has a “good little cricketer on their hands.”
“He must have got his skills from his mum,” he joked.
“You definitely don’t see an 11 year-old kid get five wickets in senior cricket very often.”
Despite the standout performance by Josh, who was playing his second game for the season, it was not enough to get Inverloch over the line with the Workers taking out the innings.
Openers Luke Borne and Shane Osborne got the side off to a strong start on day two with a combined 58 run partnership.
Tailender Alex Geyer helped seal the win with a 25-run performance.
After a washout last week, MDU has lost the first innings to OMK at Dumbalk on Saturday.
OMK’s Justin Greenwood claimed 7/13, tearing his way through the Demon’s line-up.
Paul Robinson and Ben Davey batted well for the Demons with 11 and 15 runs respectively, while Darryl Sinclair rounded out the double figure earners with 10 runs.
In reply Noel Creed top scored for the Diggers, while the late order line-up was impressive with Robert Quaife notching up an undefeated 34 runs.
Nerrena were unable to chase down the 154 runs set by Phillip Island the previous weeks, with the Sharks claiming the first innings.
The Red Caps Satish Gaddam top scored for the match with 43, but it wasn’t enough to get his side the win.
Geoff Odgers claimed 4/45 for the Sharks.
Town won on forfeit to Imperials.