Young cricketer racks up the achievements

Briana FioreHarvey-Waroona Reporter
Young Leschenault cricketer Rory Given prepares to bowl.
Camera IconYoung Leschenault cricketer Rory Given prepares to bowl. Credit: Briana Fiore/Harvey-Waroona Reporter/Briana Fiore

A young Leschenault cricketer has bowled his way into first-grade cricket this season on the back of making the WA State Indoor Cricket team last year.

Rory Given represented WA in the under 17s Indoor Cricket National Championships in Melbourne in 2019.

He was also the joint winner of the Local Sporting Champion Award for his cricket achievements, alongside Jaxon Cornford, which was presented by Forrest MHR Nola Marino in December.

The lanky Leschenault Cricket Club player said he started playing cricket before he could walk.

“I started playing cricket in my backyard as a kid, I have always loved the sport,” Rory said.

The 17-year-old said indoor cricket was different to the traditional version of the sport.

“Fielding is better because the area is smaller in indoor and the batting involves hitting the ball into the floor so you don’t get caught,” he said.

A fast bowler, Rory said he enjoyed the team element of the sport.

“Cricket involves good hand-eye coordination and a lot of focus, especially if you are a bowler,” he said.

Leschenault Cricket Club coach Peter Slater said he was immensely proud of Rory’s achievements.

“He played first grade cricket at the age of 16, which is a big achievement,” Mr Slater said.

“His desire and eagerness to learn and develop is great.”

Slater said Rory was a very fast bowler for someone of his age and had the potential to take his game to the next level.

“He trains hard and is always prepared to listen,” Slater said.

Leschenault’s first grade team is in fine form, sitting in top spot ahead of the finals in early March.

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