Greener pastures

Henry Green in action with the ball earlier this season for Bookaar in the South West Cricket Association’s top division.

AFTER a modest return at the Warrnambool Under 17 Country Week, Bookaar’s Henry Green was not expecting any miracles against Heytesbury Rebels at Timboon Recreation Reserve on Saturday.
But what unfolded was perhaps the best performance of the 16 year-old’s career to date.
With the bat in hand, Henry was the standout of the Pelicans’ line-up, notching up a career-best 77 runs to help his team to 9-181.
Bowling at the first change, he snared 3-8 – including the wicket of Jeffrey Rosolin, who made a century against Bookaar last time the teams met – as Bookaar won by 84 runs.
To cap the day off, he was also on song in the field, catching Rebels’ opener Simon Harkness off Simon Baker’s bowling.
“It was just one of those lucky days, I guess,” Henry said.
“I played Country Week and didn’t make many runs at all, so I don’t know what happened on the weekend.”
While he still fronts up for the Colts on a weekly basis, successful batting stints have been capped at 50 runs, with forced retirement in the junior grade.
Henry has five half centuries to his name in the Colts so far in 2013/14, as well as an unbeaten 51 when playing for Bookaar’s division two side at the start of the season.
Since crossing from Cobden at the start of the season to join his brother Lachlan and cousins Fraser, Eddie and Charlie Lucas at Bookaar, Henry has enjoyed a good season.
The teenager has played six division one games and two division two games so far this season, and has made 145 runs at an average of 29 in division one.
In South West Cricket’s top grade, he has taken 10 wickets at an average of 5.20, with Saturday’s effort his best return for the season.
It backs up a solid season in the Colts, where Henry has played nine games to date, making 355 runs at an average of 59.17 and taking five wickets.
Henry’s division one strike rate of 11.80 is the best of anyone in the association who has bowled 10 overs or more, while his economy of 2.64 is also impressive.
At a club level, the right-arm medium pacer leads Bookaar in strike rate and bowling average, while his economy rate is the second best.
He is the fifth highest run scorer, while his average is the second highest.
With Saturday’s win launching Bookaar back into the top four, Henry was hopeful of a finals appearance in his first year with the Pelicans.
“Hopefully we can go all the way and make it through to finals,” he said.
“I’m really liking it (at Bookaar) – it’s really fun and it’s a good place to play cricket.”
After a poor start to the season, Bookaar has won six of the eight completed games since, with two washouts along the way, and is shaping as a real contender for the SWC finals, with competition for a spot in the top four hotly contested.

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