Logan Whitfield (16) debuted for Rockhampton Open in a representative cricket game.
Logan Whitfield (16) debuted for Rockhampton Open in a representative cricket game. Chris Ison ROK250117ccricket2

Kid spin king here to stay

CRICKET: He is the schoolboy star, the young pup of the local cricket circles, and he is not afraid to let the ball do the talking.

Rockhampton Grammar School's Logan Whitfield is a confident, cunning left-arm off-spinner on the rise.

 

After making his Frenchville A-grade debut at 16, Whitfield progressed through the ranks. His latest milestone a call-up to the Rocky Open rep side at the weekend.

If he was nervous, he didn't show it. He took on the adults and won, like he does week in week out for Frenchville.

"Coming up from the under-21s I got the call-up to play Callide-Dawson," Whitfield said.

"I was a bit nervous to start with but I got into rhythm well. Ended up with 3-31 from 10 overs.

"They put up a good fight, they were all batters with a lot more experience than I have.

"I got the text last week, it was a definitely surprise but I was really happy to be selected."

Playing with and against players double his age has blossomed the Year 12 student's game. It has given him extra understanding in all facets.

Before each ball, he has a plan and he knows he can rely on his action and ability.

"The older heads teach you a lot, particularly how to set a field. Bowling to adults is a challenge, they have more power, bigger bats and it forces you to adjust your game but it is good fun," he said.

 

Logan Whitfield (16) debuted for Rockhampton Open in a representative cricket game.
Logan Whitfield (16) debuted for Rockhampton Open in a representative cricket game. Chris Ison ROK250117ccricket1

"I don't like to focus on what happened the ball before and keep my mind clear. I am not afraid to try and beat the batsmen in flight even though he might send me back over my head.

"I guess it is having the confidence in your own game to beat them. It doesn't always come off but when it does you get the glory.

"Certain batsmen you might plan out a whole over or three balls blocks. It depends on them really."

A cricket nuffy by nature, cricket is a constant in his mind. He is always thinking about the next ball, next over or spell.

One rather famous cricketing larrikin stands out from the rest of the Australian scene.

"You can't go past Nathan Lyon, I just love the 'Niccccceeee Gary line'," the teen laughed.

"It is great to see him do well for Australia and his status in the test team.

"When I start out I copied his action a little but I want my own now."

Rest assured, he is here to stay.



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