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Derham key to SA hopes

Saturday, 24th December, 2011

ON THE UP: Former local Tom Derham will play for SA next month in the national cricket championships. ON THE UP: Former local Tom Derham will play for SA next month in the national cricket championships.

By Peter Argent

Former Broken Hill quick Tom Derham has made the final SA under 19s squad for the National Cricket Championships in Adelaide during early January.

Now playing with grade club West Torrens, Derham made a quick transition from his football boots to his cricket spikes and will lead the attack for the campaign.

In early October he was a key member of the Port Adelaide Magpies’ under 18s premiership side and within a month he was playing in the West Torrens district A grade side as a strike bowler.

“Tom is the crux of our bowling attack,” said state coach John Palmer. 

“We expect that Tom will carry most of the load and bowl more overs than anyone else.

“He is our fittest player and this has been helped by his football training.

“He’ll bowl at the top of the innings and also at the death, having a good bouncer and yorker in his armoury. 

“His bouncer is one that skids onto you and he bowls at about the 130km per hour mark.”

When Palmer, who is a former premiership opening batsman with Kensington and current coach of the Browns, was quizzed about Derham’s unique action, he said there wasn’t any concerns from the coaching staff. 

“We’re not concerned and haven’t had any feedback from the SACA or the umpires,” Palmer said.

“Since Tom went to the AIS a couple of years ago, his action has got better.

“He has been doing a lot of work and is fit and raring to go.”

Derham played in the previous two SACA state under 17 squads.

In the 2009-10 campaign in Adelaide he played in five games, his best performance was against the Northern Territory, where he secured the figures of 4/37 from 11.3 overs.

In last year’s nationals at that level, Derham was selected in three matches and had a best of 2/16 in the contest with the Australian Capital Territory. 

In a recent SACA West End Cup Twenty20 match against the Peckers at Woodville Oval, Derham took 5/29 from his four over allotment. 

The South Australian’s start their campaign on January 11 with a 50 over match at Woodville Oval against New South Wales. 

Over the following two days they take on the Northern Territory (at Park 25) and Victoria (at Prince Alfred College). After a rest day on January 14 South Australia play is a pair of two day fixtures against WA and Queensland, before the tournament culminates with a couple of Twenty20 matches on January 20.

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