National title for City prodigy

City United cricketer Aanlin Cheeranbenoy returned to Colac this week with a national under-12 title after playing a starring role for Victoria. Aanlin enjoyed a successful campaign for the state with the ball, taking seven wickets in Western Australia.

If first impressions last, exciting Colac cricket talent Aanlin Cheerenbenoy’s introduction to the national system is set to hold him in good stead.

The City United rising star played a key role for Victoria during its triumphant 12-and-under Australian cricket championships campaign in Western Australia.

Aanlin captured seven wickets with his off-breaks, placing him eighth overall on the wicket-taking column with a tournament-best average of 6.88 for players who took multiple scalps.

Victoria went through the week-long event unbeaten, and put an exclamation point on its dominance with a 10-wicket victory against the ACT in Wednesday’s final.

Indian-born Aanlin moved to Australia in 2011 with his dad Benoy and sister Aanliya to join their mum Shancy Jose, a Colac nurse.

The 12-year-old has enjoyed a promising start to his career, and became the youngest player in history to earn top-grade selection in Colac district cricket last month.

Aanlin said he was surprised to take multiple wickets at national level, including figures of 3-20 during Victoria’s semi-final win over Western Australia.

Aanlin had limited opportunities with the bat, but finished the tournament with 17 runs and a top score of 11.

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