HEYTESBURY wicket keeper-batsman Will Fraser joined the Rebels to play alongside his father Tim.
But after a season-ending injury sidelined his Dad in round one Fraser has turned his attention to making an impact in the South West Cricket Association.
The 18-year-old, who moved to the Rebels for season 2018-19 after playing for Modewarre in the Geelong Cricket Association, has been critical of his start to the season so far.
“(The goal) for myself was try to get some runs, which I haven't been able to do,” he said.
“I’ve been playing down the order a bit but haven't made the most of my opportunities, so I have been disappointed about that.
“But with wicket keeping I have another opportunity to have an impact and I think I have kept pretty well this season.
“The main goal for me is to start making more runs and hopefully get some form heading into the later part of the year.”
The teenager, who has made 92 runs across 13 games this season, said the key to finding form was spending more time working on his craft.
“(Before the new year) I didn’t train because I was still at school and I was going out there and facing four or five balls and getting out so I didn’t really have much practice,” he said.
“Now I’m training a bit and hitting a few more balls I’m starting to get back to what I know I can be and playing the way I want to.”
Fraser highlighted Vogels, Simon Harkness, Hamish Huffadine and Travis Brown as some Rebels players who have helped him settle into a new environment.
“Everyone has been really good at chipping in and helping,” he said. “It’s been a great learning environment and not just advice from one coach.”
In Fraser’s previous two twenty20s last Saturday he scored 26 and 33 batting at number four to help his side qualify for the semi-finals this weekend.
The Geelong resident’s other goal with his first season at Heytesbury was to play finals and the Rebels this week enter the final weekend of the shorter format as the fourth ranked side.
Heytesbury will have to overcome an undefeated Pomborneit side eager to finish the tournament undefeated to have a chance of securing its first silverware under first-year coach Paul Vogels.
Mortlake and Bookaar are the other teams vying for the twenty20 flag.