Here comes ‘AB’ Kieran

Cape Times - - FRONT PAGE - Ni­cola Daniels

THE new AB de Vil­liers? There is an Athlone young­ster who kept the score­board tick­ing when he smashed 202 runs off 62 balls se­cur­ing a win for the Prim­rose Hub team.

Kieran Bow­ers, 12, is be­lieved to be the an­swer to De Vil­liers’s re­cent re­tire­ment from the game.

“It feels amaz­ing. I can’t be­lieve it ac­tu­ally hap­pened. I didn’t know I was the fastest per­son. I just fo­cused and my coach kept telling me what score I’m on so I felt the pres­sure. Nor­mally, if they tell me what score I’m on, I’d go out the next ball.

“This makes me want to train more.You could be born with tal­ent but you need to train be­cause you don’t just get it on a sil­ver plat­ter,” Kieran said.

His coach Sha­heed Ado­nis said: “AB de Vil­liers was the best I’ve seen in­ter­na­tion­ally and Kieran is the an­swer to AB who has just re­tired.”

Bow­ers is in Grade 7 at St Joseph’s Marist Col­lege.

He has been play­ing cricket since the age of 5 and now plays for the Prim­rose Cricket Hub, as well as Prim­rose Cricket Club. His goal is to be a bats­man for the Proteas.

KIERAN BOW­ERS

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