Swag of cricket just a warm-up

Liam Scammell — “I haven’t had a great year with the bat.” Picture: MATTHEW SMITHWICK
Liam Scammell — “I haven’t had a great year with the bat.” Picture: MATTHEW SMITHWICK

LIAM Scammell has donned the pads in close to 30 matches this season.

And while the Lavington and Cricket Albury-Wodonga all-rounder hasn’t reached his usual lofty heights with the bat in club cricket, the worry for opposition teams is that he’s anything but jaded.

Scammell, 23, showed promising signs for Victorian Country at the recent Australian Country Championships at Bundaberg and says he’s just warming to the task for the third-placed Panthers.

“I have played an unbelievable amount of cricket this season,” Scammell said.

“Including the Big Bash, rep, Victorian Country and club cricket I reckon I would be pushing 30 games.

“I’ll have to work it out at the end of the year.

“I have Country Week to come and hopefully finals.

“I haven’t had a great year with the bat, but hopefully I can get runs leading into the finals.

“My rep cricket form has probably been better than club cricket for the past couple of years actually.”

Scammell, whose statistics aren’t too shabby with a batting and bowling average of 34 and 16 respectively, desperately wants the season to go deep into March as the Panthers chase premiership glory.

He says this weekend’s tussle against Wodonga at Les Cheesley Oval will be another acid test.

“It’s a very big game,” Scammell said.

“Wodonga is sitting fifth and have finals on the line.

“It’s a huge game for both sides.

“We have played some good cricket at times but our losses have been big ones and we haven’t played well.

“Our bad cricket has been pretty poor.”

Scammell took confidence from the Australian championships with Victoria finishing runner-up to rivals NSW after the Blues chased down 290 in the final match of the carnival.

The North Albury footballer wasn’t a standout but his 67 and three wickets against South Australia showed he was far from out of his depth.

It was the toughest cricket Scammell has played since he faced Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood playing for the ACT under-17 and 19 teams against NSW as a youngster.