Epic innings opens doors for Oliver
GETS CALL FROM JUSTIN LANGER
IT is not every day you get a call from former test opener Justin Langer, but that is exactly what happened to rising cricketer Oliver Arkinstall (14).
The Manning resident hit an impressive 272 not out for Willetton District’s under-15s side against Centurions at Burrendah Reserve on November 15.
Understood to be the highest score in WA under-age cricket and surpassing Mitch Marsh’s 235 made about 10 years ago, Arkinstall did not seem too phased about almost making a triple century.
“Justin Langer called last night to say well done and ask me how I was going,” he said.
“We don’t have a score board up so I didn’t know what I was on. I only realised when the boys started clapping.”
The Aquinas College student hit four sixes and 36 fours during his 170-ball innings, which saw him brave the heat for three hours.
The Year 9 student, who is a member of the WACA’S Warriors program, made 128 earlier in the season, which was his previous highest score.
He said he hoped a few doors would open after his striking innings and with state trials on Friday it seems like it is only a matter of time.
“I hope to play for Australia, why not?” Arkinstall said.
Training three times a week and playing on Fridays and Saturdays, the allrounder is familiar with state selection having represented WA in the under 15s hockey team.
He also dabbles with football, playing for Applecross for a bit of fun.
Having picked up a cricket bat at age 10, the teenager hopes to keep hitting sixes into the future.
“I was always watching it on the TV; it looked like a bit of fun so I had a go and have just stuck with it,” Arkinstall said.
“It’s just good fun and I get to hang out with mates.”