Mixing it with the big boys

RILEY Chevalley, 8, had big boots to fill on Saturday.

The Coaldale youngster had to fill in for adult members of the Coutts Crossing second grade cricket side in their semi-final match against Brothers.

Though his role didn't include bowling or batting, Riley saved a few runs from the outfield.

His mum Chris said she did worry when Riley first started filling in for the side earlier in the year.

“But watching him out there I know he can cope,” she said.

Riley's regular side is the under-10s, but he also fills in for the under-16s.

“He loves it - he's just so rapt to be asked,” Chris said.

To say cricket is in the Chevalley blood is somewhat of an understatement.

Riley's father Lance is the second grade captain and his brother Lewis, 15, also fills in for the senior team, and Chris does the scoring.

Chris said the senior experience had done wonders for his cricketing skills.

“He's got a really good arm on him. He can get it in there (to the wickets) nearly from the boundary,” she said.

“He throws better than me.”

For the record Coutts enjoyed an outright victory against Brothers on the weekend.



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