Teenage tyros join the ranks at Lennox Head cricket
AGE has never been a barrier for young players getting a start at Lennox Head in Far North Coast LJ Hooker League cricket.
Middle-order batsman Ben Moyle turned 13 only in June and was already scouted to play in the top grade this season.
Moyle will be away this weekend but 17-year-old Angus Callan will look to continue his run of form when Lennox Head take on Ballina Bears at Fripp Oval, Ballina.
Callan still has another year of high school and is already the leading run- scorer in the competition ahead of talented all- rounders Caleb Ziebell (408) and Steve Mison (394).
He has scored 416 runs including four half centuries with a determined 90 against competition leaders Cudgen last weekend.
Meanwhile, Moyle is taking the season as a learning curve while finding his place in the middle order.
He has come up against bowlers more than three times his age including 48-year-old spinner Anthony Kershler, who played for NSW and is now at Cudgen.
"It's a pretty young age to start but I'm definitely enjoying the challenge,” Moyle said.
"I played a bit of fourth grade last year so I thought I might have just played seconds or thirds this season.
"A few of the fast bowlers have put me out of my comfort zone but it's good to play against the top guys.
"My mate Tim Martin is the same age as me and he's playing some (Hooker League) games for Casino, so I didn't want him to get a head start on me either.”
Moyle has been a prolific run-scorer in the junior grades, having scored seven half centuries in the past two seasons.
He follows in the footsteps of Tobyn Burvill, Isaac Fisher and Lewin Maladay, who all played first grade at Lennox Head in their teens before going on to play in Brisbane and Sydney.
"It will be good to hang around and play with this group for the next few years,” Moyle said.
"Angus is hitting the ball well and is in really good form.
"We're lucky to have (NSW Country representative) Andrew Lindsay and some of our bowlers are pretty handy.”