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Youngster better for experience

Monday, 10th January, 2011

Lachlan Tiziani during last week’s SA Under 14 Cup in Adelaide Lachlan Tiziani during last week’s SA Under 14 Cup in Adelaide

By Peter Argent

Teenage North Broken Hill cricketer Lachlan Tiziani enhanced his cricket credentials and knowledge despite getting limited opportunities at the inaugural SACA 2011 State-wide Under 14 Cup in suburban Adelaide last week.

Tiziani was the only Barrier cricketer playing for Country Red side, which including the best performed players from the South East, Fleurieu North, Upper North and Yorke Peninsula teams from the Country Cup in late November and early December last year.

The cobbled together unit finished a impressive fifth in a 14-team competition.

“This group jelled together socially very well, but it took them a couple of days to play as a unit on the field,” Country Red coach Todd Schulz said.

“The team wasn’t very balanced, with 10 bowlers including Lachie, but became more cohesive as the week went on.

“In reality we had too many trundlers in the side, with seven medium pacers and three spinners. “Saying that, I was pretty happy with the end result.

“The two sides that defeated us finished above us on the premiership ladder.

“Overall with the Country Black winning the event, the district clubs got a reality check about how important the country players are.”

Tiziani opened the bowling in all five fixtures during the week, with his best figures of 1/12 from three overs coming in the second Twenty20 fixture on Monday afternoon at the Park 25 number one ground.

In the Thursday win over Sturt, Tiziani bowled his full eight over allotment for the only time during the week-long event, finishing with the highly respectable 0/16, in a spell which included a couple of maidens.

“It was solid performance by Lachie and his cricket did continue to improve over the course of the week,” Schulz said.

“Frustratingly for him, he only bowled his full allotment once and didn’t get many second spells. “He is a natural outswing bowler, with a strong natural action.

“This is no doubt he has potential to be a swing bowler as he matures as a cricketer, but will continue to need to work on his accuracy.”

While Tiziani didn’t have many numbers in the wickets column in this championship, he finished with an impressive economy rate of 2.8 runs per over conceded over the week.

He had a single trip to the batting crease, making one not out.

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