Jayden follows in his father’s footsteps
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.