Blake O’Dwyer is ready to smack one to the boundary.
Blake O’Dwyer is ready to smack one to the boundary.

Keen players look to improve as they focus on finals

SCORING just three runs in the first innings of a cricket match would have a lot of kids down in the dumps for the rest of the day.

But not for Mitchell Smith, who, on Saturday, was still as chirpy and keen for action at the end of proceedings, as he was at the beginning.

At just 13 years, Mitchell is ready to simply enjoy his time at the crease and worry about what happens next later.

"I just play for fun and will see how it goes," he said, not too worried about following in the footsteps of dominating batsman David Warner, who Mitchell idolises.

Not quite as flashy with his strokes as Warner, Mitchell prefers to play down the order at the important spots of four or five.

A pace bowler as well as a right-handed batsman, Mitchell took up cricket because of players like Warner smashing foreign attacks all over the ground.

"I just liked watching it on the television and saw the Australian guys winning," he said.

With a good chance of making the finals with the BITS under-14 team, Mitchell also already is looking forward and has an eye to winter when he can play soccer.

But he says his cricket team has unfinished business.

Currently sitting in third spot in the cricket - even after a loss to Yaralla at the weekend - BITS need to put in some hard work, according to Mitchell.

"We have to pick up our fielding," he said.

With some determined work, they could do well in the finals, he said.

Yaralla 4/173 defeated BITS 11/106.



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