CRICKET NSW’s latest rookie signing was running clinics for kids in the Tamworth and New England region last week before he starts his first season with the NSW squad.
Ben Dwarshuis is a left-arm medium fast bowler who is also comfortable enough with the willow to be called an all-rounder as well.
This tour was the Sutherland shire-born-and-bred cricketer’s first trip out of Sydney and he was quite impressed with the cricketing skills and ability of the country kids.
“They are all just so keen to have a crack, it is great,” Dwarshuis said at a coaching session on Dick Edwards Oval at Tamworth’s Riverside last Friday.
His story is one of natural talent and ability.
Growing up in the shire, he has played for Sutherland his whole life and started as a leg spinner.
“I was a leggy until I was about 15, then I grew a bit and was a batsman,” Dwarshuis said.
“I grew a bit more and took up fast bowling only about two and a half years ago.”
The bowler impressed enough to be selected for the NSW under 19s last season but has now taken the next step.
He has recently been given a NSW rookie contract for his first grade fast bowling figures of 20 wickets at 32.55.
He also managed to knock out 322 runs at an average of 35.78, including an unbeaten 86 from 44 deliveries.
Dwarshius’s action has been described as similar to Mitchell Johnson’s with the ability to swing the ball into the right-hand batsmen.
The young speedster looks up to Doug Bollinger who is also a left-arm paceman.
“It will be great in the NSW squad to pick his brain and learn all I can from him and all the others,” Dwarshuis said.
Whilst his inclusion in the state squad is starting to sink in, he is looking forward to the Australian squad returning to their respective state squads after the Ashes tour.
“I think it will all be a bit surreal when I am training with Clarke, Haddin, Watson and those guys.”
The young quick has set himself a list of goals for the season, the first of which is don’t get injured.
“There has been a lot of that in Australian cricket lately. I have already had one stress fracture.”
His goals are to bowl well and, while he would love a chance at the top state grade, he is aiming for the NSW second XI this season, and to experience as much top grade cricket as possible.