Cricket captains love having a strike fast bowler at their disposal and Nestles leader Geoff Williams is no different.
Williams throws the new ball each week the way of Matt Price. While Price is only 22, Williams said he was already a leader for his team.
“Matt’s played 80 division one games and he’s opened the bowling in 90 per cent of them,” Williams said.
“He works really hard on his bowling and sets a great example for our younger blokes to follow.”
Price grabbed 1-21 last week as Nestles restricted Woodford to 9-217 on day one of their encounter.
Price said he enjoys the leadership role and was always on the lookout for ways to improve.
“It is a bit weird being one of the older players at 22,” Price said.
“I was lucky to get a chance to play division one cricket early but I am still learning.
“The more I feel I know about cricket the less I actually do, I am still learning every game.”
While Price has been producing the goods on the field for Nestles for a number of seasons, it is success based on a dedication to training well.
“The theme at Nestles is consistency and professionalism and that comes out at training,” he said.
“Training is about making sure we are bowling in the right areas and hitting that spot all day.”
Williams said Price was one of the fastest bowlers in the Warrnambool and District Cricket Association.
Price said while he enjoys bowling quick, he has learnt to use that skill as a multi-pronged weapon.
“I try and hit the spot at 80-90 per cent speed most balls and use that 100 per cent ball as a surprise weapon,” he said.