Ugle enjoys meteoric rise
FROM 3RD GRADE TO RISING STAR
TWO seasons ago, Dane Ugle was plying his trade in the RockinghamMandurah third-grade side.
Fast forward to 2017 and the bighitter has just earned a Perth Scorchers rookie contract while representing WA in the National Indigenous Cricket Competition (NICC), completing a meteoric rise.
After securing a first-grade premiership with the Mariners last season, Ugle has gone from strength to strength, averaging nearly 40 with the bat.
His form resulted in a Big Bash rookie contract, an opportunity the right-handed batsman jumped at.
“It has been totally amazing,” Ugle said.
“You go in there and feel the professionalism that JL (Justin Langer) and everybody provides.
“It was very exciting and humbling to be a part of conversations with players like Mitchell Johnson and Ian Bell.
“I got so much feedback, the experience was second to none.”
Having spent time in the Big Bash League premiers’ camp, Ugle can see a professional future in cricket, with his overall improvement Dane Ugle in action for the Mariners. key to his success. product making the team of the
“I have gained a little bit of confidence tournament. in the fact that it is all about “Personally my week was a bit getting fitter,” he said. up and down, even though I had a
“With everything JL brings and couple of big scores,” he said. the regime at training, I really got a “Coming off Scorchers and firstgrade taste of it and has really opened my cricket, I felt like it was the eyes. best preparation that I have had.”
“It made me believe I can stick it Along with Michael Bailey, up there at that level.” Ugle took a leadership role throughout
Last weekend Ugle represented the championships as WA in the NICC, with the Warnbro the younger players begin to look up to the future star.
“It was such a humbling feeling having younger guys come up to me at the end of the week and thanking me for the experience as well as advice I had given,” he said.
“The group of guys we had were really talented and we want talented indigenous players coming through.
“Hopefully I am a person they can look up to and be there as a role model.
“I really wanted to be there for the younger guys, to get around them and give them the freedom to talk in front of groups as well.”
With only two games remaining for Rockingham-Mandurah, Ugle must push his case with runs for the struggling side, with a winter program the next opportunity for personal growth.
“I want to make a few more runs in the last two games for Rocky,” he said.
“In the winter I want to get on a program and get fit and firing for next year.
“There is an indigenous winter program that hopefully I get selected in, with a camp over in Brisbane. I will be aiming for that.
“My dream would be to play for WA, so I’ll continue to aim for that.”
Elliot Raiter ROCKINGHAM-Mandurah and MidlandGuildford are locked in a tight battle to avoid the wooden spoon after the first day of their Round 14 Premier Cricket clash.
Runs flowed at Lark Hill on Saturday after Midland-Guildford won the toss and elected to bat in the battle of the bottom two clubs on the ladder.
Midland-Guildford fought hard all day to post a respectable 260, with Craig Simmons restricting the visitors throughout the day.
His spinning counterpart Kyle Gardiner (3-96) was also amongst the wickets as the spin twins took nine wickets between them.
Simmons finished with 6-62, with the Mariners responding with 0-26 at stumps.
A win for either side will mean they lift off the bottom of the table.