SAM McCosh has made a promising start to his career at Wesley-CBC.
The left-hand batsman has made starts in two of his three innings, including a division one career-high 49 against Brierly-Christ Church, to start the Warrnambool and District Cricket Association (WDCA) season on a high.
On top of his own form, McCosh’s new Beavers’ teammates are celebrating a 2-1 start to the season.
McCosh, 21, switched from Koroit in the off-season, citing a desire to play division one.
He played top grade cricket as a teenager for his home club before it dropped back a grade.
“I wanted a challenge to see if I could play the best standard in the area,” he said.
“It’s a little bit of a step up, definitely. The bowlers are a bit better with line and length.
“It is handy to get off to a good start to the season.”
Wesley-CBC was McCosh’s club of choice because of his links to it through university. He studies commerce at Deakin University’s Warrnambool campus with Beavers’ trio Tom Bowman, Joe Higgins and Jordan Dillon.
“They’re a great bunch of blokes and easy to get along with,” he said.
McCosh has one year of a three-year course remaining.
He expects to be playing cricket in the WDCA for some time yet.
“I plan to stick around. I love the area,” he said.
“I can’t see myself moving to Melbourne.”
McCosh played all of his junior cricket as an opener but is coming in at first drop for Wesley-CBC.
He’s an elegant batsman who “prefers to stay away from the bowling crease”.
The born-and-bred Koroit local said he’d had many great mentors.
“Justin Caveny, the last premiership coach at Koroit, is probably the biggest contributor to my cricket as far as seniors and in my junior days it was Tony Robinson,” McCosh said.
“They helped develop my batting and taught me a few tricks of the trade.”
WDCA starts its two-day competition today after three one-day rounds to start the season.
Wesley-CBC could consolidate its spot in the top four when it meets reigning premier West Warrnambool tomorrow.
McCosh wants to build on his solid start for his new club and relishes the longer form of the game.
“You get a bit more time to set yourself for an innings,” he said.
In other division one games, undefeated sides Woodford and Merrivale go head-to-head, winless teams Nestles and East Warrnambool-YCW will battle, in-form Dennington hosts Nirranda, Port Fairy plays Brierly-Christ Church and Allansford is a chance to end its losing run against Russells Creek.