Young gun happy to share field with fel­low Lai­d­ley Blue­dog pup

Gatton Star - - SPORT -

CRICKET: Young Blue­dog Noah Em­mer­son rev­elled in the op­por­tu­nity to pull on the whites along­side good mate Tom Sip­pel when the lat­ter made his Lai­d­ley de­but in the Hard­ing-mad­sen Shield last week­end.

Em­mer­son al­ready had a hand­ful of first grade caps to his name be­fore the match at Bichel Oval against North­siders.

But he ap­pre­ci­ated shar­ing his most re­cent cap with some­one he has had a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence play­ing along­side in the past.

“Me and Tom have played a fair bit of rep cricket to­gether through un­der-12s and now into the 15s side to­gether this year,” Em­mer­son said.

“It was re­ally good hav­ing an­other en­er­getic young bloke in the side to get ev­ery­one go­ing.”

Lai­d­ley skip­per Alex Welsh said af­ter last week­end’s match it was not so much the out­put from the two 14-year-olds he was look­ing for, but rather their ap­pli­ca­tion and will­ing­ness to soak it all in. But no­body seemed to tell Em­mer­son and Sip­pel they would not be held to a stan­dard.

Sip­pel fin­ished with match-best bowl­ing fig­ures of 2/16, while Em­mer­son held down an end op­po­site Welsh to see out the Blue­dogs’ in­nings and fin­ish on 17 not out.

“I think my big­gest strength is I know my game,” Em­mer­son said.

“For a ju­nior, I know what shots I can and can’t hit. I stick to what I can do, and don’t try to rein­vent the wheel – not un­til I have to any­way.” — Cal­lum Dick


TOP SHOT: Mul­go­wie crick­eter Noah Em­mer­son.

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