JACK Holley is hoping to become an architect.
He’s also trying to build a career on the cricket pitch.
The Merrivale all-rounder will represent Warrnambool Blue at under 17 country week, determined to construct a stat line which will endear him to Western Waves’ selectors.
“I want to try and push myself and make new mates and everyone tries to get noticed so you can go on and take the next step and try and move on up the pathways,” Holley said.
Holley, 17, has settled into Warrnambool and District Cricket Association division one ranks this season, picking up nine wickets from seven games with his left-arm medium pacers.
The Emmanuel College student said he felt comfortable in the Tigers’ First XI after he “got a taste of it” last season.
He wants put that experience to the test when he represents Warrnambool Blue at country week, which starts on Tuesday.
Holley is the only Merrivale talent in his team but is excited about the prospect of playing with different players.
The chance to bowl to his Tiger teammates – Warrnambool Gold duo Lachie Dwyer and Patrick Douglas – is an added bonus.
“I don’t mind that – bowling to your mates,” Holley said. “Both teams are even so it should be a pretty good week and hopefully both are in the final.”
South West, Grassmere, West Wimmera-Horsham, Wimmera-Mallee, Hamilton, Portland and Colac will also contest the carnival which is split into two divisions.