Pup inspires young pups
AUSTRALIAN Test cricket captain Michael Clarke scored a whopping 334 runs at the Sydney Cricket ground yesterday - a performance set to inspire kids around the country.
Jye Paterson, 12, is a cluey batsman and skipper in his own right and he chalked up more runs than any other player in the 28th annual Lismore Cricket Carnival this week.
Jye admired Clarke's talent.
"He's a good batter and a good captain," Jye said. "He gets forward to the ball."
Jye captained the Tamworth Junior Cricket Club under-12s to two victories and made 104 runs in four games this week.
In his first match on Tuesday, and in dashing style, Jye got 40 runs and was then forced to retire because batsmen weren't allowed to make more in this week's games.
Who knows - might the young lad have gone on to better Clarke's triple ton?
Yesterday though, Jye was run out and said he was disappointed because it was a "soft way to get out".
His Dad and coach, Chris Paterson, said Australian cricket benefits from a strong Australian team.
"It always helps when Australia is doing well," he said. "It gets kids involved with the sport."
Mr Paterson said Jye and other young cricketers learned a lot from watching their heroes on TV.
"Jye is one who sits and studies different techniques," he said. "Hopefully (he) gets to learn good and bad from them."
Mr Paterson was proud of Jye's performances this week.
"He's been doing a lot of practice and it's good to see it has paid off," he said.
A life-long cricketer himself, Mr Paterson got Jye into the sport at the tender age of three and has been kept on his toes ever since.
"He's got cricket nets at home, so his poor old dad and brother have to bowl to him all the time," he said.
While Michael Clarke was the man of the moment, Jye said former Australian captain Ricky Ponting remained his all-time favourite.