No trouble filling shoes for Brayden
HE IS 17 and Brayden Pardoe has big shoes to fill.
But the gravity of being premiers GI Hotel Tucabia-Copmanhurst's strike bowler seems lost on the unassuming, sandy-haired youngster.
He will be the go-to man for Bob McKenzie against top-of-the-table MI Organics Westlawn at Lower Fisher Turf today.
"I was looking at the stats yesterday and he is our leading wicket-taker, ahead of Matt Pigg at the moment," McKenzie said.
"Piggy and Matt Adamson have dominated the bowling trophy for years and years, so it'll be good to get another name on that trophy.
"Brayden has big shoes to fill and he's stepping into them nicely. He is still developing his game and at this rate, he will become a very good all-round cricketer."
The left arm in-swing bowler has been a permanent fixture in the side the past three seasons.
"Mick Morris did a bit of work with me in the offseason and I've gained a bit of pace and am bowling more consistently," Pardoe said. "We've basically got the same side that won the grand final last year, so things are looking pretty good.
"We'll need to bowl tight against Westlawn and not let them get away."
Whether it be with the new ball, sprinting around as one of the best outfielders in the competition or chipping in as a useful and at times big-hitting lower-middle order batsman, Pardoe quietly goes about his business.
Meanwhile, his opposite number with the ball, Nathen Blanch, holds the key for Westlawn.
"Nathen Blanch has taken a squillion wickets of late," McKenzie said.
"He can do enough with the ball to trouble any batsman in the valley, so we need to nullify him."
Elsewhere, Harwood face off against Coutts Crossing across the park at Ellem Oval.