TEENAGE leg-spinner Johnathan Benallack shone on a dark day for Cobden.
Benallack snared a career-best 6-31 against Heytesbury Rebels in South West Cricket’s top grade on Saturday.
Cobden suffered a six-wicket loss to the Rebels but Benallack’s efforts gave skipper Brett Goonan something to cheer about.
“He bowls a lot of over-spin, which means he gets a lot of bounce and that surprises a lot of boys,” Goonan said.
“His good balls were getting wickets.
“What he has to do is eliminate the loose ones but you forget he is a 15-year-old kid and is learning the game.
“He did well and got some big wickets and some of their better batsmen.”
Goonan said Benallack, also a talented footballer, had developed his game this season.
“He is a terrific kid and enthusiastic in the field,” he said.
“He has a great set of hands too so he has a bright future.”
Goonan rued Cobden’s batting effort.
It was dismissed for 95, which gave Heytesbury the match momentum.
“We thought it wasn’t enough. I would have liked another 30 or 40 more,” Goonan said.