SPINNING AWAY: Nick Robertson will suit up as a bottom-aged player in Warrnambool’s division one Blue country week side. Picture: Amy PatonBOTTOM-AGE leg-spinnerNick Robertson will bear a measured, learn-first mentality for his inaugural under 17 country week carnival.
Robertson, who was hand-picked to feature in Warrnambool Blue –one of two Warrnambool and District Cricket Association division one teams –will join fellow Russells Creek batsman Dominic Bandara in the side.
He earned selection through strong batting efforts, including a host of half centuries in both division three and under 17s.
However, Robertson said he believed himself to be more valuable as a spin bowler and was working to improve his consistency with the ball.
A veteran of “five or six” junior country week carnivals, Robertson, 16, admitted he was eager to test his growing game against western Victoria’s finest country cricketers.
“It’s good to play against the harder opposition that travel in and to test yourself against the best players in the region in a week like this,” Robertson said.
“The cricket is a good standard, and the quality of everything is good. It’s really just good to be around the boys too.
“I’ve played with all of the boys before so I know what they can do and what we can bring to the team. We know each other well.”
Due to his age as a bottom-age prospect, Robertson said he was avoiding self-imposed pressure and would instead focus on gaining more experience at under 17 level.
“It (country week) is a good opportunity to get picked for Western Waves squads, but I’m not putting too much pressure on myself or expecting too much,” he said.
“I’ll try to play my role for the team and do what I can to help.”
A number three batsman in the Eddie Evans-captained division three outfit for Russells Creek, Robertson has blasted210 runs from six outings in blue and white this year.
His form with the bat remained true in under 17s, with the Emmanuel College student averaging73.5 runs an innings.
He has left the crease unbeaten four times from six innings’ and hit 147 runs.
Robertson said he was enjoying “more time in the middle” but was still focused on improving his placement with the ball.
“I’m batting a lot more this year but I’m putting the most work into my bowling, because I think that is my best area,” he said.
“For my bowling it’s been about getting more consistent. Bowling less bad balls, getting it in the right areas.
“I’ve spent a lot more time in the middle and that has given me more confidence (with the bat) at the crease.”
Robertson’s Warrnambool Blue will face Colac in its opening game of the under 17s country week carnival.
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