Young gun ready to shine at State level

Michael TraillNarrogin Observer
Ackland after receiving his WA kit at the WACA.
Camera IconAckland after receiving his WA kit at the WACA. Credit: Picture: Nita Ackland, Nita Ackland.

Towns Cricket Club bowler Mitchell Ackland pulled on WA’s gold and black for first time today.

Mitchell is one of only two country players to have been selected for the WA1 side competing in the School Sport Australia 12-years-and-under championship in Bunbury.

At aged 12, Mitchell is already developing his pace bowling with the Towns B-grade side in the Upper Great Southern Cricket Association, and even earned a call-up to the club’s A-grade side in round six against Pingelly-Noonebin.

Mitchell is also playing for the South Perth District Cricket Club, who nominated him for State selection.

Playing in Pool A of the competition, the WA1 side will face the NT and cricket powerhouse States of South Australia and NSW in a bid to qualify for the semifinals on Monday.

Mitchell said he had already received advice from coaches to better rattle opposition batsmen.

“(Coaches have told me) bowling wise, getting line and length consistently,” he said.

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