He's an Auld head on young shoulders
A HIGHER School Certificate exam was all that stopped Marist Brothers teenager Kaleb Auld from representing North Coast at the NSW Country cricket championships this season.
Auld was set to be the Under-23 selection in the team but was unable to attend the three-day carnival last week.
He opens the bowling for Brothers in the Far North Coast LJ Hooker League and bats in the middle order.
Brothers have plenty of work ahead of them today when Alstonville resumes at 3-50 chasing just 110 at Hill Park Oval, Wollongbar.
"Kaleb is really strong in both areas and is bowling a bit quicker this season,” Brothers captain Brad Cleaver said.
"Technically he does everything right with the bat and I'd say he's just as strong there as he is with his bowling.
"He only turned 18 last week and he's about six foot tall so hopefully he can keep taking wickets.”
Brothers teammate Lachlan Barnsley took his place and provided the highlight of the weekend for North Coast when the 17-year-old scored a century.
Barnsley made 108 when they beat Central North on Sunday in their only win of the carnival.
"Both of them have had a full season in first grade now so I'm sure they'll keep improving,” Cleaver said.
"I can see Lachlan having a really big year and hopefully Kaleb can take plenty of wickets.”
Brothers have a new top order this season and the return of hard-hitting batsman Ashley Simes will help their cause.
Simes is capable of big scores and is coming back after missing a season with a back injury.
Top-order batsman Sam Martin scored 765 runs for Brothers last summer but is out after breaking his arm playing baseball and not due back until mid-season.
"It is disappointing to be bowled out for 110 but if we get a few early wickets we'll be a chance,” Cleaver said.
In other games to be completed today:
Pottsville opener batsman Jayden Hoare is the key wicket for Ballina Bears at Seabreeze Oval, Pottsville.
After bowling out Bears for 170, the home team is 2-72 with Hoare 67 not out, coming off an unbeaten 210 against Murwillumbah the previous week.
Lennox Head have a big run chase ahead of them after Tintenbar-East Ballina finished on 9-335 (cc) at Meagan Crecent Oval, Lennox Head.
Casino Cavaliers will resume at 1-64 chasing 216 against Murwillumbah at Queen Elizabeth Park, Casino.