Geelong co-coach Matt Gunther says Colac district product Dylan Slater is on the right path to playing top-flight Victorian Premier Cricket with the club.
Slater scored his first century since joining the Cats this season on the weekend, bringing up the milestone in a third-grade match.
The former City United cricketer made 104 runs from just 99 balls against Frankston-Peninsula in the one-day clash, smashing 15 boundaries and a six to help Geelong secure victory.
Slater crossed to the Premier ranks in 2019-20 after sharing the Bill Johnston Medal as the Colac district league’s best-and-fairest player with Alvie’s Andre DeLorenzo last season.
The 20-year-old has made 319 runs in the third grade at an average of 53.2, while he scored 57 in his only outing in the seconds to make a good first impression at his new club.
Gunther said Slater had already shown signs he could be capable of handling the rigours of Premier cricket’s first grade in the future.
“We’ve been rapt with what Dylan’s done so far for us this summer,” he said.
“Any opportunity he’s been given, he’s taken it, and a good example of that was on the last Saturday before Christmas when he opened the batting in the seconds and made 50-odd in his first game.
“I wouldn’t put a time limit on it, but at some stage down the track there’s no doubt he will find his way into the first XI.
“There’ll be a few roadblocks along the way, and he might find himself in the threes and twos for a couple of years, but if he’s willing to do the hard work, he’ll find himself in the firsts.”
Slater has already had a taste of playing against Premier cricket’s elite players, after Cats officials selected the hard-hitting batsman in their squad for the Super Slam Twenty20 competition.
See today’s Colac Herald for more.