Former Wanderers captain makes Premier League debut 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.”