WHILE those outside the gates of Alexandra Park might be surprised by Cameron White’s 30-wicket haul this season, his teammates expected it.
Skipper Joel Shepherd has seen the quick consistently beat the edge for several years and said the odds had evened out.
The young Crow sits only one wicket behind St Patrick’s star Mark Butters on Cricket Albury-Wodonga’s leading wicket-taking list with a staggering average of 10.43.
“It’s no surprise to us at all that he’s doing really well,” Shepherd said.
“He’s been one of those blokes who has beat the bat a lot and just hasn’t had the luck go with him.
“He’s a really good bowler and has been for a while.”
White, 23, terrorised the young Lavington team last weekend in grabbing five first innings wickets, with his initial spell every bit as quick as gun English import Gurjit Sandhu.
The modest paceman puts his haul down to “a bit of luck” and more training.
“I have been a bit lucky this year,” he said.
“We have probably taken training a bit more seriously this year under James (McNeil) leading into weekends and that has probably helped as well.
“A lot of it comes down to luck though.”
White, who started his cricket with the East Albury under-14s, said the Crows’ top-of-the-table standing after nine rounds could be put down to the players sharing the workload.
They presently have four bowlers — White, McNeil, Chris Bridle and Paul Conolly — with more than 10 wickets and three batsmen — Will McIntosh, Hayden Coulson and McNeil — with more than 200 runs.
Only Wodonga and Tallangatta boast the same sort of figures.
“We’re doing really well,” he said.
“We are a fairly even side this year.
“Last year we relied on the bowling a bit too much and our batting didn’t work but this year we have all sides of the game going pretty well.”
East Albury will face one of its toughest challenges of the season against Tallangatta at Alexandra Park today with the Bushies expected to come out hard after losing to Wodonga on the final ball last weekend.
“Tallangatta is always tough,” White said.
“Their older blokes are still killing it.”