SWEET JANES KEY TO SLAY THE BAY

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - SPORT - BRENT O’NEILL

BURLEIGH spin­ner Nathan Janes is rel­ish­ing his added re­spon­si­bil­ity with the de­fend­ing premiers as they fight to ex­tend their Kook­aburra Cup as­cen­dancy against Run­away Bay to­day.

A bit-part player in his first sea­son with the Bull­sharks in 2017-18, the 19-year-old has be­come a vi­tal fig­ure in their un­beaten start to the new cam­paign.

Janes, a left-arm off­spin­ner, claimed a ca­reerbest 6-15 from 18.4 overs last Satur­day as Burleigh ripped through Bay for just 86, tak­ing his sea­son tally to 16 wick­ets at an av­er­age of 8.38.

With his side to re­sume at 1-47 when day two be­gins at Crowe Hor­wath Oval, the for­mer Gold Coast Dol­phins third-grader looms as the x-fac­tor in their pur­suit of out­right vic­tory.

“I was very happy to get six-for, it was nice to get a few wick­ets. They were com­ing out pretty well,” the Palm Beach junior said.

“We just built up pres­sure and they played some loose shots. I was lucky enough the field­ers caught them.

“It was the first two-day game of the sea­son, so it gave me the op­por­tu­nity to chuck the ball up a lit­tle bit more.

“You can ex­per­i­ment with plans and lengths and how quickly you want to bowl.

“I’ve felt re­ally good this year. With a few guys leav­ing, it has opened up a few more overs for me.

“Rhys (McCarthy) and TJ (Miller) have been re­ally good to me, they have given me an op­por­tu­nity and I’m just look­ing to take it. I’m re­ally en­joy­ing my cricket.”

Hav­ing been writ­ten off as a ti­tle threat in pre-sea­son, Janes said the play­ing group had rel­ished their chance to play with free­dom.

“We haven’t re­ally felt more pres­sure be­cause ev­ery­one kind of wrote us off. We’re a pretty re­laxed bunch of guys,” he said.

“We have been go­ing re­ally well, we’re pretty strong through the top grade. We just need to keep the form go­ing and don’t get com­pla­cent.

“Teams have iden­ti­fied now that we’re the real deal and it wasn’t just a one-hit won­der last year.”

Pic­ture: JODIE HEN­DER­SON

Burleigh spin­ner Nathan Janes will be hop­ing for more wick­ets against Run­away Bay to­day.

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