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Keenan a cut above

Tuesday, 13th December, 2011

MASTER BLASTER: Keenan Hywood has been selected to compete at the SA Cricket Association Statewide Under 16 carnival after an outstanding 66-run innings (top right) with Barrier. MASTER BLASTER: Keenan Hywood has been selected to compete at the SA Cricket Association Statewide Under 16 carnival after an outstanding 66-run innings (top right) with Barrier.

By Darrin Manuel

Keenan Hywood has slashed his way into the SA Country Red team after starring for Barrier at the recent SA Country Cup cricket carnival.

The 16-year-old all-rounder was a key in Barrier’s best effort at the Adelaide carnival, in which they suffered a heartbreaking five-run defeat at the hands of Mid-North.

Hywood opened the batting and piled on 66 runs as Barrier looked to chase down mid North’s tally of 147.

He stayed at the crease for 43 overs in a tenacious attempt to keep his team in the game, hitting nine boundaries and a number of fine shots through mid-on and mid-wicket.

His other knocks at the carnival produced more modest returns of 4, 1 and 14 runs, but Hywood said the disparity in his scores were a result of his approach to batting.

“I play pretty aggressive, and I like to open the batting,” he said.

“Sometimes I can go for a few silly shots and get out, but that’s the game.”

Hywood also produced some great results with the ball, including 4/12 against Eyre Peninsula and a miserly 1/7 from six overs on the final day of play.

Despite his good form he said he wasn’t expecting to make the cut for the SA Country Red side.

“I was pretty surprised when they called my name out, our team hasn’t won a game in four years and I just didn’t think anyone from our team would get in,” he said.

“I think the rest of the team was pretty surprised as well, they all looked around when it was called out.”

Hywood will now play in the SA Cricket Association Statewide Under 16 carnival in Adelaide on January 9 next year.

The two-week carnival will feature two SA country sides (Red and Black) along with 12 local grade teams, along with combined sides from SACA’s Under 15 competition and the Cricket Union of SA.

The carnival will represent a big step up in class, but Hywood said he was ready to meet the challenge.

“It will be pretty tough and I’ll have to train hard.”

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