Beckett’s rise faster than a comet

AS if Bomaderry cricketer Lain Beckett was not busy enough this season playing for NSW in the Imparja Cup, Shoalhaven Ex-Servicemen’s Cricket Club, and for ACT in the under 19s Australian championships, the pace bowler can now add playing for the ACT Comets to his list of growing accolades.

The 18-year-old will join Queanbeyan fast bowler Josh Bennett as just two changes made to the ACT’s Toyota Futures League line-up for next Monday’s clash against Western Australia at Chisholm Oval.

Bennett and Beckett are expected to strengthen the Comets’ pace bowling stocks which will look to get good use out of the Duke ball which will be used for the clash.

“I am not really familiar with the Western Australian team but I am hoping to get experience from it and see what it is like to play at that level,” Beckett said.

The former Bomaderry High School student said he was surprised to get the call up on Monday afternoon but was straight into training in Canberra on Wednesday. 

It has all been a bit of a whirlwind past two weeks for Beckett, who is fresh from the Imparja Cup, which wrapped up last Saturday afternoon.

Despite NSW going through to the final with six wins and one loss, they just lost the title to Western Australia in the last two balls of the 20-over innings match. 

Beckett said that although he was disappointed with the loss, he was happy with how the team played.

“I thought I played pretty good during the week but I guess I would have liked to have got a few more wickets,” he said.

In December 2013 Beckett was part of the ACT u19 team and was the fourth leading wicket taker across the entire competition, capturing 12 wickets at an average of 20.92. 

He was also selected in the Australian U19 Honours squad at the completion of the championships.

The Comets will be looking for a much improved batting performance next week after been dismissed for 123 in the first innings against Victoria last week, but showed improvement in their second innings only narrowly losing by 31 runs.

“So far I am just in the team for this game so hopefully I can go ok and get another opportunity to play,” Beckett said.

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