Epic in­nings opens doors for Oliver


Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Sport -

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.”

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