SKIPPER Kyran Young believes six-wicket hero Lewis Catlow has become a key bowler for Frinton Cricket Club.
The spinner returned six for 36 in his eight overs as Bury St Edmunds were dismissed for just 117 in Saturday’s Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League contest.
Having earlier scored 212 – Young himself shone with 105 not out – it meant Frinton ran out victorious by 95 runs.
It was their second victory of the season and afterwards Young was keen to sing Catlow’s praises.
“Lewis has moved up from the twos captaincy, having performed well for the last five or six years,” said the Australian.
“It’s a big step but he’s come into the side as our premier spinner and is coming along nicely.
“It’s good for his confidence and great to see him getting wickets under his belt, as he did on Saturday.
“Hopefully he can kick on from here and really shine.
“It’s a good opportunity for him to have a full season and a chance for him to prove himself at first-team level.
“He’ll get better and better as the season progresses and the wickets start to turn and he could be a really key player.
“I was really pleased with our bowling unit overall on Saturday.
“We went out there with the mindset of trying to bowl dots, rather than taking wickets, and build pressure from the scoreboard.
“Dan (Carter) and Michael (Comber) set the tempo early on and then the spinners came on and did a great job, making their batsmen play shots they didn’t want to play.”
Young was delighted to get back to winning ways, after recent defeats against Cambridge Granta and Great Witchingham. “Bury are a young side but every team has got match-winners in their ranks and they’re no different,” he said.
“Losing the toss wasn’t ideal as it was raining and we had an hour and a half delay.
“Bury had the more favourable conditions to bat in so we knew we had to put the pressure back on them by not losing wickets.
“It was about staying out there and we knew that if we weren’t losing wickets it would frustrate them.
“The gameplan worked well and we got to a total we thought was fairly comfortable without taking too many risks.
“I was very pleased with my century. It’s always nice to lead from the front, which is always the idea as captain, but it’s always easier when you’re out there with guys like Merv (Westfield) and Comber.
“They showed their class and took the pressure off me.”
Frinton are sixth in the table and their next opponents are the team directly above them – Copdock and Old Ipswichian.
The Suffolk side head to Ashlyns Road on Saturday (11am start).
“Copdock are a strong side,” added Young.
“They’ve got some match-winners so we’ve got to play to our strengths and try and exploit their weaknesses.
“I think we’re the better team and the more games we win, the more confidence and belief we’ll have.
“I don’t think losing a couple early on was a bad thing.
“I think it’s made a few people pull fingers out and try a bit harder.
“I’m not seeing it as a negative and it’s not like we were thrashed.
“We got ourselves in a position to win those games.”