UWA student athletes have continued to enjoy the summer as the cricket season ramps up. With the WA Premier League, the Australian Futures League, the Sheffield Shield and the Ashes all in the current fixtures line-up, there has been plenty of opportunity for talented players to show their worth.
Bachelor of Commerce student Matt Kelly fought hard for a place in WA’s Sheffield Shield team, and was rewarded with place in the opening fixture.
The Claremont-Nedlands fast bowler is a participant in the UWA Sport Student Athlete Development Program, and has come a long way since earning a Warriors rookie deal for the 2016-17 season.
Kelly was vital against Tasmania, claiming the scalps of Jordan Silk, Gabe Bell, Australian paceman Jackson Bird, and Andrew Fekete, before dismissing opener Silk again in the second innings. Batting at the bottom of the order, he also remained not out in both innings.
Injury unfortunately kept Kelly from playing against New South Wales and South Australia, with a quad tear leading to WA’s growing injury issues.
With the injuries around the squad, fellow student athlete Will Bosisto stepped up to join the Shield team against South Australia alongside his UWA Cricket Club teammate David Moody.
After coming in to bat at 7, play was temporarily stopped when Will Bosisto was hit in the head with the ball. After medical attention, he played on, hitting the next ball for a four. A first innings total of 36 was a decent effort from Bosisto, and his partnership with Cameron Bancroft helped push the opener’s figures towards 200.
Bosisto was also given a chance will the ball, finishing his eight overs with the lowest economy amongst the WA bowlers. His UWA teammate Moody took three wickets to keep WA in front, including the two opening batsmen.
Bosisto made his case for a call up after scoring 200 in the Futures League against ACT/NSW Country. A handy off-spinner, the WA captain took three wickets across the two innings as his team easily won the match.
Student athlete Alex Bevilaqua also took three wickets across the two innings. Bevilaqua then played well with both bat and ball in the WA Premier League. The tall paceman scored 37 not out, before taking 2/12 against Rockingham-Mandurah.
The Sheffield Shield action continues, with WA due to face Queensland after the SA game. With Ashes call-ups likely in the senior squad, there is a good chance for young talents to push for a spot in the WA XI.
Gradute Officer, UWA Sport Marketing, Communication, and Events