Jonty Durrheim to developjunior cricket squad

MINDSET: Cardiff-Boolaroo all-rounder Jonty Durrheim. Picture: Max Mason-HubersJONTY Durrheim may be just 21 and still developing his own Newcastle district cricket career, but he is already looking towards the next crop.

The new Cardiff-Boolaroo recruit is preparing to launch a development squad in a couple of weeks for the CBs’ junior affiliate clubs, aimed primarily at under12s to 15s.

The all-rounder was one of Cardiff’s major off-season recruits, after he made the switch from Lake Macquarie rivals Toronto Workers.

At Toronto, Durrheim was also heavily involved in junior coaching.

‘‘It’s probably just the hobby for the time being,’’ Durrheim told the Newcastle Herald. ‘‘It’s nice to help develop other cricketers coming through and hopefully help them pursue senior cricket one day.

‘‘For me, cricket coaching is not just about skills, it’s about mindset and application.’’

Durrheim’s own application to cricket has improved over the winter.

Under the tutelage of Cardiff’s Mark Eveleigh, Durrheim has refined his batting technique and the results are beginning to show.

In his past two innings Durrheim has top-scored with 62 and 50.

The second half-century guaranteed Cardiff their maiden first-innings points of the season, against Waratah-Mayfield last Saturday.

‘‘We’ve missed some players due to the rep games early in the season like Bayley McGill and Jayden Park and our opening bowler [Matt Willett] last round, so it’s nice to finally have our full side,’’ he said.

‘‘We looked pretty good last weekend, so hopefully we can get some more wins with our full-strength line-up.’’

Cardiff will resume day two on Saturday at 9-131, a lead of five runs.

An outright victory is badly needed for Cardiff and Waratah, who are propping up the ladder in 11th and 12th spots respectively.

Waratah’s batting has been particularly brittle.

In four innings they have failed to pass 150, and Waratah captain and opener James Rushford has implored his troops to be more focused in the middle.

‘‘I feel like it’s been a case of people not valuing their wicket enough and as a result we’re losing three at a time,’’ Rushford said.

Rushford scored 638 runs at 42.53 last season to be Waratah’s standout performer, along with Englishman Luke Blackaby (517 at 34.47).

In his first season as skipper, Rushford is again the club’s leading scorer but has made only 81 runs in four innings.

‘‘There is a little bit of pressure, but I’m trying not to focus on it as much,’’ he said.

‘‘I’ve always said you don’t need to captain when you’re in the middle batting.

‘‘It’s a new experience and I’m definitely embracing it and learning along the way.’’

Rushford said his inexperienced line-up continued to work hard on their batting and predicted stronger performances by Christmas.

‘‘I feel we’re only a few games away from clicking in the batting sense,’’ he said.

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