HE doesn’t reckon he’s got the same natural ability as his explosive younger brother. Yet Nestles batsman Geoff Williams has the runs on the board to demand stature in his own right.
Williams was the highest run-scorer after the opening day of the Warrnambool and District Cricket Association Twenty20 round-robin.
He made 53 in a 25-run win against Wesley-CBC and 56 in a six-wicket triumph against Dennington Red, tallying 109 for the weekend.
He was one of just three batsmen — West Warrnambool’s Karl Turner and Allansford’s Tim McDonald the other two — to reach triple figures.
Williams, who also blazed a Twenty20 century against Koroit last season, was encouraged by his early-season form.
He said batsmen had to approach Twenty20 no differently than they would other formats of the game.
“Sometimes watching cricket on TV doesn’t help you. If you try and emulate what they do it doesn’t work,” he said.
“You have to play proper cricket shots, get in the game, get the team flowing, rotate the strike, all the basic things.”
Williams said Twenty20 did not suit his batting style, which was far less aggressive than his brother Cameron, now at Victorian Premier Cricket club Essendon.
“Most people will say I’m a long-form batsman. I don’t have too many outlandish shots,” he said.
“My brother, he’s the one with the natural talent whereas I’ve got to grind my innings out.
“It has been a surprise (how well I’ve gone). I’m not one to go out every ball and try and hit it for six.”
Nestles coach Ross Corbett said he was impressed with Williams, who is captaining the Factory in the absence of Brett Eldridge.
“Geoff technically is very good. He knows his cricket and he knows how to play his own game,” he said.
“He’s got a good understanding of his game and that’s half the battle.”
Corbett said he was pleased with the two victories.
“Two and zip is better than zip and two, so we’ll see what happens this weekend,” he said.