Alex Jennings not daunted by big stage of cricket

LEADING THE WAY: 
Woodford's Alex Jennings 
will play his first division one 
grand final this weekend. 
Picture: Rob Gunstone
LEADING THE WAY: Woodford's Alex Jennings will play his first division one grand final this weekend. Picture: Rob Gunstone

HE ISN’T daunted by the big stage and Alex Jennings’ first division one decider will be supported by one of the most experienced finals units in the Warrnambool and District association.

The Woodford spinner has enjoyed a breakout season with ball-in-hand for the Eels after a taste of division one with Nestles last season.

The 16-year-old has modelled his game on Woodford captain Nick Butters and is hoping to rise to the occasion in Saturday’s grand final against Russells Creek.

“The team we’ve had over the last couple of years has been pretty successful. There’s only really been three or four changes to the team, if that, each season,” he said.

“I’m lucky to be one of the four this season and hopefully we can get another flag to the collection, which would be my first. Nick (Butters) has taught me a bit this year and helped me as well with my bowling. He’s a great captain too, supportive and positive.

“John Houston has been a great coach and a lot of the boys offer coaching or advice.” Jennings made the switch from Reid to Bushfield Oval at the start of the season but believes his foray into the top grade with Factory has been beneficial. 

Nick Butters has taught me a bit with bowling. He's a great captain.

Alex Jennings

“I played half the season last year, and it gave me a bit of a taste,” he said. 

“I think it helped this year, I was a little more prepared for division one. This year has been great, I’ve loved it out there. The change from under 17s to division one is pretty high. You get used to it after a bit more experience.”

LEADER: Nick Butters.

LEADER: Nick Butters.