SCONE and Singleton are being well-represented in Sydney first grade cricket, with local boys Cam Eccles and Glenn Winsor starring for Gordon.
They were the most influential players in their side’s crucial win over Campbelltown-Camden at the weekend, as the latter picked up 4-50 from 14 overs, and the former scored a stunning ton opening the batting.
His 102 was the biggest knock on Gordon’s way to a 102-run victory, which has kept them well in touch with the top six.
The batting maestro has enjoyed an extremely solid stay with the Sydney-based team since he joined them in 2007 as an 18-year-old, playing across a number of competitions and racking up some huge scores along the way, including a 153.
He enjoyed his best year on record in the 2017-18 season though, picking up an average of 43.33, and passing the significant milestone of scoring 5000 career runs.
Another player who’s being noticed at the moment is Winsor.
At just 18, the Singleton lad’s making an impression, having made his first grade debut this season.
The all-rounder is averaging 22 and has taken four wickets from his five matches in the “seniors”, and has proved himself to be a class above in second grade, scoring 100 in his match for them earlier this month.
It’s an exciting time for the newcomer but the stalwart still has hunger and drive, too, according to his father, local umpire Steve Eccles.
“He’s trying to get to his own personal goals for himself and the team, that’s his main focus, so I think consistency is the thing there,” he said.
“At the level he’s playing, it’s professional commitment without professional reward.
“So, he’s trying to look at scoring 500 runs per season and keeping his average between 40 and 50.”
The proud father still speaks to his son on a consistent basis and was even at the most recent match when Eccles brought up his century – and he said it was a relief for everyone when he raised the bat.
“He’s got quite a few in the nineties in the past few years so it was good to see him finally convert one into 100,” he said.
He finished off by saying it was as good as it gets for a parent to see their child accomplish so much, and is glad to see other players from the region achieving similar success.