A Wodonga Raiders' teenager who claimed almost as many wickets last weekend as he did in 10 games during his debut year didn't even know he was playing two days before.
Emerging paceman Will Noonan snared 5-48 against finals contenders Belvoir, including the prized scalp of Eagles' captain Nat Sariman.
"I got asked to play (late) as one of the other bowlers wasn't available, so I was just hoping to bowl a few overs and not get hit for too many runs," he recalled.
"Then they said, 'you're opening the bowling', so that got me excited as I like to bowl with the new ball."
The 16-year-old took six wickets at provincial level last summer and what made it even more interesting is he was bowling to great mate Kaiden Withers.
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"I ended up getting him out after he smashed me to the fence a couple of times," he said.
I ended up getting him out after he smashed me to the fence a couple of times.- Will Noonan on bowling to good mate Kaiden Withers
Belvoir won, leaving Raiders winless, but captain Greg Roberts was delighted with the year 11 student.
"He was excellent, with 'Spence' (John Spencer) he likes to hit the ball hard, so to get him was vital and even at the death when they were trying to have a crack, he kept his composure."
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