Kinnane ready to turn his way to more celebrations
PREMIER LEAGUE: Brothers' lead tweaker Andy Kinnane turned 26 on Jacaranda Thursday but the proper celebrations will not begin until he gets onto McKittrick Park against Coutts Crossing this afternoon.
Kinnane said he is hoping to deliver a few belated birthday presents to himself in the form of top-order scalps when he throws his hand up to take over the first change bowling spot.
"I will definitely be putting the hand up pretty early,” he said. "I don't know about opening the attack but I'd definitely love to be first change while the seam is still there to grip the pitch.”
After a breakout season in 2015/16 where he was judged Clarence River Cricket Association Rookie of the Year the offspinner said the early rounds have been a different prospect to his debut season.
"I am feeling real confident this year,” he said. "The bad balls are definitely not coming out as much as they were and I think I just trust myself a bit more knowing I have done it and I can do it.”
It will not be all smooth sailing for Kinnane up against a Coutts Crossing line-up that have proven they can swing the bat so far this season.
"Eli Fahey could definitely step up and hit 100 against us, he has that ability and Cotto (Ryan Cotten) has been batting really well this season. He hit them really clean in the rep game last week, his form is there.”
But no matter the opposition Kinnane is licking his lips at getting the chance to bowl on a McKittrick Park deck that has produced scintillating turn in recent seasons.
The offspinner got his first look at the surface in night cricket action a fortnight ago against Tucabia and said it had shown good signs.
And if you were wondering whether 26 feels much different from 25 he was not too sure.
"The hangovers still hurt just as much as they used to that's for sure,” he said.
"Luckily they make you play better on the field so there is no worries.”