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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