City United 12-year-old makes cricket history

City United’s Aanlin Cheeranbenoy, 12, became one of the youngest Division One debutants in Colac district cricket history.

Primary school pupil Aanlin Cheeranbenoy has made Colac district cricket history as one of the youngest ever players to make their Division One debut.

The 12-year-old finished with figures of 1-25 from six overs for City United in the team’s win against Apollo Bay on Saturday.

He headed to the crease with the bat but did not face a ball as Mitch McGlade scored the winning runs to get the Knights over the line.

City United skipper Dylan Slater said Cheeranbenoy was worthy of the call-up following an impressive start to his cricket career.

The Barwon Rockets representative earned selection in the Victorian under-12 cricket team last month.

“We were all really excited for him,” Slater said of Cheeranbenoy’s debut.

“We had a few out but he definitely earnt his spot, after all the work he’s put in with the Rockets and the team, it was just a matter of time before he played his first Division One game,” he said.

“We’ve just been really impressed by the way he goes about it, he trains the way he plays, he’s willing to work hard and ask questions which is just perfect.”

Slater said Cheeranbenoy was a good chance to hold his spot for this weekend’s clash with Warrion.

“For sure,” he said.

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