Jay­den fol­lows in his fa­ther’s foot­steps

South Western Times - - Sport -

PROMIS­ING Bun­bury crick­eter Jay­den Good­win is on his way to repli­cat­ing the feats of his fa­ther af­ter he was named in WA’s squad to com­pete in the Un­der-17 Na­tional Cricket Cham­pi­onships in Queens­land later this year.

Jay­den, 15, was se­lected in the 13-player squad for the cham­pi­onships which run from Septem­ber 25 to Oc­to­ber 5, with WA hop­ing to im­prove on last year’s ef­fort when they fin­ished fourth.

The Colts open­ing bats­man played his first full sea­son of First Grade in the Bun­bury and Dis­tricts Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion last sea­son, av­er­ag­ing more than 24 runs from 17 games, with a high­score of 58 against Ea­ton in round 10.

Jay­den also av­er­aged 66 in the Year 12 com­pe­ti­tion and was in Perth reg­u­larly to train with State-level coaches this year.

He said he was wo­ken by a call from the coach to tell him he had been se­lected for the na­tional cham­pi­onships.

“I was just so chuffed,” he said. Jay­den said play­ing first grade in the BDCA had helped his game.

“We did OK as a team and it helped me to play with some older guys,” he said.

Jay­den’s fa­ther Mur­ray played for both WA and Zim­babwe and fin­ished his ca­reer with a first class av­er­age of 46.69 from more than 300 matches.

The teenager said his fa­ther was “the best coach in the world”.

“I have him by my side all the time which is fan­tas­tic,” he said.

Jay­den said the warm up games in the next few weeks would help him pre­pare for the cham­pi­onships.

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