AFTER HALF a season in division one, a more experienced Luke Wilson is keeping his under 17 country week goals simple.
The East Warrnambool wicketkeeper-batsman hopes to find form with the bat as he presses to become a top-grade regular.
Wilson will take wicketkeeping duties in Warrnambool Gold’s bid for top honours when the tournament kicks off on Tuesday.
“I’m just excited. It’s a good opportunity to make some runs and to play with some people who you normally don’t get the chance to play alongside,” he said.
“It’s more a challenge than your regular junior cricket. You can’t find the bad balls to come, you have to find ways to score.”
Wilson said while the bowlers were often faster, it was easier to take the gloves at country week level.
“There’s just less stuff on the leg side,” he said.
“The bowling is more consistent and easier to judge.
“I’m just more excited to make some runs and to meet people.”
The 15-year-old said he was relishing the chance to play alongside his father, Jarrod, in the Broncos’ division one outfit.
“I’m really enjoying the challenge. My biggest goal at this stage is just to be consistent,” Wilson said.
“It’s a fair bit of a step up from junior cricket. You can’t really have an off day, you have to be switched on.
“I find that its helped me as a player. I have to concentrate a little bit more.”
Warrnambool Gold is set to begin its country week campaign against Horsham/West Wimmera on Tuesday, with the game kicking off at Russells Creek’s Jetty Flat.
Warrnambool Blue faces arch-rival South West as the feature match of Pool B, while Hamilton and Portland will also battle it out at Avery’s Paddock in Port Fairy.
Wimmera-Mallee plays Colac at Allansford’s Uebergang Oval.
All games begin at 10am across the week.