Off spinner unfazed up against the big boy hitters
JUNIOR CRICKET: The 30-over Cleavers Mechanical Night Cricket Competition for the Neil and Coral Frame Shield was designed as a pathway to help develop up and coming local juniors.
Hayden Ensbey, 13, is one such player who has turned out for Harwood this season and has taken no time to make his mark under lights with the pink ball.
As a left arm spinner, he is often at the peril of the big hitters. As a boy stepping into men's cricket, being launched over the fence can be a daunting prospect.
But it hasn't happened. In fact, he has returned some of the most economical figures in the competition, including 0 for 13 off 5 last Wednesday after being brought into the attack with Westlawn cruising at over six an over.
The DEX caught up with Hayden after the innings.
"It's all exciting and a new experience," he said.
"The ball comes back quicker than the younger age groups.
"You've got to keep bowling what you know best and if they hit you, you've got to change it up to strangle them and I guess I did that pretty well today."
Hayden is in Dubbo all this week competing in the NSW Under-14 State Challenge for Northern Razorbacks.
The competition features the best in the state divided into eight teams, with the Razorbacks made up of players from North Coastal and Central North zones.
The concept is in its second year. Hayden competed in the Under-13s last year.
The Under-13s are also playing in Dubbo this week with Westlawn cricketer Aidan Cahill playing for the Razorbacks outfit in that division.
"If he gets going with the bat he go pretty well," Hayden predicted.
"The pitches will suit him over there."
The finals will be played on Thursday.