For­mer Wan­der­ers cap­tain makes Pre­mier League de­but

Alpine Observer - - Sport - By JUSTIN JENVEY

IF you had asked Kieren Jamiseon in March where he would be play­ing cricket in six months’ time odds are he wouldn’t have said in Vic­to­ria’s top com­pe­ti­tion.

The for­mer Bright Wan­der­ers cap­tain made his Vic­to­rian Pre­mier Cricket de­but for Gee­long with se­lec­tion in the first XI to take on North­cote.

Jamieson fin­ished with fig­ures of 1/59 off 10 overs and was the not out bats­men when his side was dis­missed for 160 chas­ing North­cote’s to­tal of 178 in the open­ing match of the sea­son.

Just a few years ago Jamieson was bowl­ing off-spin for Bright in the Wan­garatta and District B grade com­pe­ti­tion.

But he changed to pace when his side needed an­other fast bowl­ing op­tion and over the past three years has con­tin­ued to de­velop his craft.

Last sea­son Jamieson spear­headed Bright’s bowl­ing at­tack and fin­ished as the team’s lead­ing wicket taker with 34 vic­tims.

An in­vite to a re­gional tal­ent camp with Vic­to­rian Bushrangers coach An­drew McDon­ald paved the way for Jamieson’s move to Gee­long with the for­mer Aus­tralian all- rounder of­fer­ing to help him find a club.

The 21 year-old also trained with Footscray be­fore choos­ing to join Gee­long where he thought he would have the best chance to crack the top grade.

Jamieson’s de­ci­sion proved right and he said it was a dream come true to de­but in the first XI af­ter earn­ing his place cour­tesy of some out­stand­ing pre­sea­son form.

“I’m stoked to have played, I thought I would be in the thirds or maybe the se­conds but to play firsts was a dream come true,” he said.

“I came down here to play at the high­est level I can so to start off like that was pretty great.

“When the coach An­dre Borovec rang me on Wed­nes­day night to tell me I was play­ing I was pretty sur­prised.”

Jamieson said he bowled far from his best, par­tic­u­larly in his first spell, be­fore com­ing back and tak­ing a late wicket. “Early on I just couldn’t hit my length, I don’t know if it was nerves but I just didn’t get things right,” he said. “Ob­vi­ously, the stan­dard of cricket means if you don’t get things right you get hit for runs.

“For my sec­ond and third spell I def­i­nitely bowled bet­ter, I had the bats­men play and miss a few times and had two dropped catches.”

He said it was a re­lief when he claimed his first wicket.

“I was in my eighth or ninth over and got the num­ber 10 bats­men out caught af­ter the ball hit him on his foot and then came off his bat.

“I hadn’t been bowl­ing great so it was good to get that one.

“The guys got around me so that was nice.”

While much his fo­cus in the pre­sea­son was on his bowl­ing, Jamieson hopes to work on his bat­ting so that he can of­fer more to the team.

He is more than ca­pa­ble with wil­low hav­ing topped Bright’s bat­ting ag­gre­gate in 2015/16, scor­ing 373 runs with a top score of 102.

“I haven’t done a lot of bat­ting but I said I want ev­ery rea­son for them to choose me over some­one else,” Jamieson said.

“All through pre­sea­son I feel I was sell­ing my­self short say­ing I was more of a bowler, I bat­ted at 11 on the week­end and faced nine balls but I feel like I can give them more.”

FOOT­BALL By JUSTIN JENVEY

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