Jones stars at na­tional car­ni­val

Pilbara News - - Sport -

Tom Price strike bowler Craig Jones has capped off a big year with an­other strong show­ing at the Na­tional In­dige­nous Cricket Cham­pi­onships in Alice Springs last week.

Since his con­clu­sion of last year’s NICC, Jones has moved from Tom Price to Perth to play for Rock­ing­ham-Man­durah and has been work­ing hard to fur­ther hone his crick­et­ing skills.

“I moved down to Perth hop­ing to play first grade and I’m play­ing sec­ond grade at the mo­ment, but that was a move I made after be­ing here last year,” he said.

“The big­gest chal­lenge was prob­a­bly been find­ing my feet.

“Every­one was pretty wel­com­ing at the club. I didn’t have any prob­lems fit­ting in and I knew a lot of the fel­las that were al­ready there, so it was pretty cruisy.”

One dif­fer­ence Jones no­ticed with the re­lo­ca­tion was the fo­cus on high per­for­mance.

“It is very com­pet­i­tive, even if it is just within your­self, you know you’ve got to beat your­self on what you were last week or last year,” he said.

“From our team point of view, we’ve taken more of a high­per­for­mance ap­proach to this year’s tour­na­ment, so we’ve got a bet­ter side on pa­per.

“We’ve got a good core group now, we’ve had the same core for the last three or four years and we are start­ing to be­come re­ally strong.”

Craig Jones in ac­tion.

Pic­ture: Ger­ald Moscarda

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