WOODFORD coach John Houston believes teenage recruit Tyler Fowler is capable of big things this season.
Fowler has joined the Eels from South West Cricket (SWC) club Boorcan and has featured in three of the Eels’ four Twenty20 matches to open the season.
Houston said Fowler was almost match-winning in a narrow defeat to Russells Creek Blue at Mack Oval last weekend.
He came to the crease with Woodford at 6-95 chasing Creek’s 5-131 and made 11 not out in quick time as his side fell four runs short.
“We’ve been lucky enough not only to snare Tyler but his two brothers (Jacob and Isaac) as well and it looks like his dad (Jason) will play down the track,” Houston said.
“Tyler is a bit like a Jake McKinnon or a Hamish Withers — I would think he could be in the mould of those players if he wanted to.
“He’s definitely good enough to go on to a better level of cricket.”
Woodford has a 3-1 record and is in fifth spot heading into the final day of the Warrnambool and District Cricket Association (WDCA) Twenty20 tournament.
The Eels play Port Fairy and Wesley-CBC in their final matches and need to win both to have any hope of rising into the top two.
Houston said he was pleased with how well his side had played in the opening two weeks of the season.
Luke Wines (140) is the leading run-scorer, while Hank Schlaghecke leads the wickets tally with five.
“I’m excited the boys have played well. We’re excited about the challenge which lays ahead this weekend,” Houston said.