Boy from Barcaldine goes 'alright' at bowling offies
KOBIE O'Brien was never going to succeed Shane Warne as Australia's next spin king.
Not if he stuck to bowling his left-arm wrist spinners, anyway.
"I used to want to be a leggy in junior cricket," the boy from Barcaldine said.
"Everyone wanted to be like Warnie as a kid, but I just couldn't land them on the pitch.
"Anyway, someone suggested I try bowling offies (off-spin) and I went alright at it and I've been doing it ever since."
After limited appearances in the Frenchville Sports Club Twenty20 competition, the left arm orthodox spinner returns for the Frenchville Falcons in today's round four clash against Brothers at Rockhampton Cricket Ground.
Since making his debut for the Falcons during the 2011-12 season, O'Brien, who is studying to be a PE teacher, has collected 50 wickets at 11.42 across all grades for the club.
A Central Queensland representative as a junior, O'Brien admits he wasn't a standout performer at state level, but with a couple of years in the A-grade competition now under his belt he believed he was a more consistent performer.
"This year I feel they've been coming out a lot better," he said.
"I've bowled a lot of overs this season, especially in the two-day matches and I've been able to find a good rhythm."
A fan of the two-day matches, O'Brien said his Frenchville team-mates hoped to get back on track after missing out on the final of the Twenty20 competition.
"It's not ideal losing a couple of games during the season, but I'm confident in the team's ability," he said.
"Our whole team is more suited to the two-day game. We have batsmen with the patience and ability to bat for long periods."
O'Brien said the key to getting their season back on track was restricting the runs produced by Brothers captain Richie Pershouse and fellow middle order batsman Ken Litschner.
"Brothers have a couple of really handy batsmen in Richie Pershouse and Kenny Litschner," he said.
"They're definitely dangerous so you don't want to them spend too much time out in the middle."
A talented all-rounder, O'Brien featured for Dawson Valley Drovers in last year's CQ Rugby Union A-grade grand final loss to Brothers, and planned to play rugby league in 2014 with Rockhampton Brothers.
FRENCHVILLE SPORTS CLUB A-grade premiership
Frenchville v Brothers
Gracemere v Capricorn Coast
Two-day matches at Rockhampton Cricket Ground today