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Lachlan finds his feet

Thursday, 27th December, 2018

Lachlan Kaye plays a cut shot a few weeks ago against South. PICTURE: Tyler Hannigan Lachlan Kaye plays a cut shot a few weeks ago against South. PICTURE: Tyler Hannigan

By Tyler Hannigan

As one of the rookies tasked with taking the West Cricket Club forward, Lachlan Kaye has made great strides over the past 18 months in A Grade.

Kaye (17) started playing cricket in school for Morgan St primary at just five years old. 

He made his A Grade debut for the Robins in 2017/18 and managed a top score of 31 in six innings. He also starred in the Under 16s that season, averaging almost 80 with the bat.

Kaye’s development has continued this season with 97 runs from six innings and a top score of 46 in round one against South. He has done this while often occupying the opener’s slot, something especially tough for young batsmen.

“A Grade has been pretty up and down for me,” he admitted. 

“A couple of decent knocks and also struggled a couple of times, but that’s part of the game. 

“I think like most openers I enjoy (opening) when it goes well, but not so much when it doesn’t go your way. 

“I don’t have many preferences where I bat in A Grade, just in the top order, I guess.”

For Kaye, cricket has been a lifelong passion, even if that life is only just getting started.

“I’ve always enjoyed cricket from a young age, playing with mates, and I think most people would say I am very competitive so I do enjoy that part a lot as well.”

While he’s grown up in the age of T20 cricket, Kaye is a little more traditional in what format he likes to play and watch.

“Personally, I prefer 40-over games as it gives more of an opportunity compared to T20,” Kaye said. 

“Even though I’ve had to play T20 cricket in all my junior cricket besides going away to play. I’m more into Tests and ODIs but I still watch most of the BBL.”

Kaye has represented Murray District-Barrier in the Under 14 and Under 16 SACA Country Cups. He said those trips were always a challenge but two of his toughest opponents so far had been a close mate as well as a North veteran.

“Apart from playing against rep teams with Murray Districts with high levels of bowlers and batters,” Kaye explained. 

“In my juniors, facing Liam McKee at full pace in the West nets was quite a challenge at times. 

“Also Ben Victory has surprisingly been one of my hardest challenges with him getting me out multiple times in B Grade over the past couple seasons.”

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