AI­DEN’S ALL-ROUNDER ABIL­ITY CLEAR RIGHT OFF THE BAT

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - SPORT - Danielle Jarvis

AI­DEN Kells’s love of cricket has led him to make the un­der-13 NSW in­door side at just 11 years of age.

The now 12-year-old Ju­nior Sports Star nom­i­nee, from St Clair, usu­ally heads the bat­ting line-up for the St Clair Hawks un­der-14 side, but his favourite po­si­tion is wick­et­keeper.

“I just re­ally en­joy play­ing the game,” Ai­den said. “I like to go down and play with my mates.

“I re­ally en­joy the game – the bat­ting and bowl­ing and get­ting out of the house.”

Ai­den also plays in­door cricket at the St Marys In­door Cricket Cen­tre, play­ing in the same team as his fa­ther and grand­fa­ther.

A quick learner, Ai­den was even­tu­ally se­lected for the Dis­trict Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion rep­re­sen­ta­tive team for Pen­rith Ju­nior Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion for the 2015/16 sea­son.

St Clair Hawks Cricket Club pres­i­dent Natalie Brad­bury said Ai­den had earned his place with an out­stand­ing sea­son.

“Ai­den scored over 500 runs in rep and club cricket last sea­son and took 19 wick­ets at a rate of 11.9 runs per wicket,” Ms Brad­bury said.

“He also took nine catches, ex­e­cuted two run-outs and a stump­ing. Ai­den’s per­for­mance as an all-rounder se­cured him the pres­ti­gious St Clair Hawks Ju­nior Player of the Year award.”

Ai­den’s favourite crick­eter is Aussie bats­man David Warner and he hopes to one day rep­re­sent his coun­try like his hero.

NewsLo­cal’s Ju­nior Sports Star award is spon­sored by Rebel. Nom­i­nate a tal­ented young ath­lete by vis­it­ing ju­nior­sportsstar.com.au.

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