Andrew Kinnane bowling for Brothers in the Clarence River Cricket Association GDSC Premier League match between Brothers and Westlawn at Ulmarra Showground on Saturday, 24th of October, 2015. Photo Bill North / Daily Examiner
Andrew Kinnane bowling for Brothers in the Clarence River Cricket Association GDSC Premier League match between Brothers and Westlawn at Ulmarra Showground on Saturday, 24th of October, 2015. Photo Bill North / Daily Examiner Bill North

Kinnane worthy recipient of DEX Rookie of the Year

Kinnane worthy recipient of DEX Rookie of the Year

The step up to first-grade cricket is a daunting experience for most players but not too many can say they used their nerves for the better.

But Andy Kinnane can.

The Brothers off- spinner focussed his nervous energy on perfecting his delivery motion, slowing the pace on the ball and increasing his revolutions.

The action has been prolific, with 31 scalps for the season at 14.81.

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But it was not just his wicket-taking ability that impressed in his first year but also his ability to tie down batsmen and put the squeeze on, finishing the season with an economy rate of 3.07.

DEX sports journalist Matthew Elkerton presents the DEX Rookie of the YEar award to Brother's off-spinner Andrew Kinnane.
DEX sports journalist Matthew Elkerton presents the DEX Rookie of the YEar award to Brother's off-spinner Andrew Kinnane. Matthew Elkerton

However, the spinner never focussed on anything past his weekly task, and was surprised by his award selection.

"I didn't expect to get the award I just turned up and bowled each week- end," Kinnane said.

"I was nervous before my first Premier League game but we have a great bunch of blokes at Brothers, you can't go wrong with Jake (Kroehnert, captain) and the boys," he said.

"They made me feel right at home from the get-go, which made it easy."

Kinnane praised the efforts of fellow Premier League rookies Lachlan Johnson (Harwood) and Eli Fahey (Coutts Crossing) for outstanding seasons as well.



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