Cricketer eyes success

LUKE Ohrynowsky won't be packing away the cricket kitbag now the season is over.

Luke, 17, of Green Valley, is a year 12 student in the cricket program at Westfields Sports High School.

Cricket is all year round for the batsman and spin bowler.

There are training sessions, games against other schools, and representative matches.

Before you know it September arrives and a new season at Fairfield Liverpool Cricket Club.

Luke played in the Lions' Poidevin-Gray under-21s, and in fourth and fifth grade this season, scoring 567 runs and taking 17 wickets.

Most of his matches were in fourth grade and the team made the finals.

Westfields Sports High School cricket coach Ian Gill predicts Luke will play first grade one day.

Luke said he wants to play at the highest level he can.

"I want to play first grade; that's always been a goal of mine," he said.

"I know it will take some time and I have been learning from the more experienced players in fourth grade this season, like David Mason and Adrian Smith. They have been good mentors for me."

His cricket education started at nine in the backyard. Luke's mother Lisa would throw cricket balls at him and he would fend them away with the bat.

A few years ago Luke changed from a medium-pace bowler to a leg spinner.

"I am working on my bowling technique and to get plenty of turn with the ball," Luke said.

Fairfield Liverpool club coach Anthony Clark, a first grade spinner, said Luke has the ability to play in higher grades.

"Luke is a young player developing his skills," Clark said.

"He's not in the top group of spin bowlers at the club yet, but he's getting there.

"Luke is starting to realise his potential as a bowler and his batting is very good.

"Luke does have a good wrong 'un and he can turn the ball."

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