BACKYARD BILL: Billy Kerr hones his skills in the backyard.
BACKYARD BILL: Billy Kerr hones his skills in the backyard.

It?s Billy the kid, 9

By STEVE SPINKS

EAT your heart out Nathan Bracken.

You may have taken the impressive figures of 7-4 playing cricket for New South Wales against South Australia, but Lismore has someone who can better you.

And he's only nine.

Goonellabah RSL Under-10 player Billy Kerr took the incredible figures of 7-1 in a recent match against Workers-Wyrallah Road Maroon.

Billy, like Bracken, is a left-arm seam bowler. He crashed through the top-order of Workers taking an all bowled hat-trick along the way.

And, what's more, this is Billy's first year of organised cricket.

One Workers' player in particular will be having nightmares about Billy.

Under-10s play Kanga (average) cricket where a batsman does not leave the crease just because he gets out.

Each pair of batsmen get to face the same number of overs. The runs of the batting team are then divided by the number of wickets the bowling side takes.

The young Workers' batsman in question was out three times to Billy during his time at the crease.

The Lady Help of Christians pupil has taken the amazing figures all in his stride.

"All fluke," the modest 9-year-old smiled.

He doesn't have a favourite Australian cricketer at the moment, but according to his father Tony Kerr, he is a keen follower of the game.

"He told me he wants to be like Bradman, but bowl people out as well," Mr Kerr said.

Billy learnt the game by playing a heap of backyard cricket in the family's home in Goonellabah.

He is often joined out the back by his brother Jimmy, who plays in the same Under-10 team, and his older sisters Jacqueline and Kate.

Let's face it, older sisters are demon fast bowlers and regular big-hitters.

"Backyard cricket is pretty big at home," Mr Kerr admitted.

During the same match that Billy took 7-1, Jimmy snared 2-7.

The duo then combined with the bat with Jimmy making 23 and Billy 22.

Not a bad effort for a youngster playing his first year of organised cricket.

Imagine how good he could be with a few more years experience?

Look out Lismore batsmen!



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