Ugle en­joys me­te­oric rise

FROM 3RD GRADE TO RIS­ING STAR

Mandurah Coastal Times - - SPORT -

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.

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