LAIN Beckett has capped of a stellar 2013/14 season by being named ACT under 19 player of the year earlier this month.
Beckett was also awarded the Luke Bush Rising Star award for male youth player of the year, aged between 12-19 years at the Cricket ACT High Performance Awards night in Canberra.
It was a big season for the Bomaderry teenager, who represented the ACT in the under 19s national championships in Hobart, where he was named in the team of the championships, before making his debut in the Toyota Futures League, taking 2-7 in his first match.
Beckett said he thought he played well at the under 19s carnival and was happy to take out the awards on presentation night.
“I worked pretty hard at the carnival so it was good to get the awards,” he said.
“Playing in the carnival and the Futures League were both really good experiences and I got to see where you need to be at and what you need to do to play at that higher level,” he added.
The ACT under 19s and Futures League side was coached by former New South Wales and South Australia allrounder Mark Higgs and Beckett said it was good to play under someone with so much experience and knowledge.
“He’s a great bloke and I get along with him really well,” he said.
“It was a really good experience getting to play with and against people you look up to and you just take what you can from them.”
It was a similar situation when Beckett got to play with some the top indigenous players in the country as a member of the NSW Imparja Cup team, which finished as runners-up in Alice Springs.
Beckett said it is always good to play for your culture and thinks he plays his best cricket when he has strong players around him.
“There are some really good cricketers in there, like NSW captain Jeff Cook.
“He’s played the game at a really high level and I think it takes a bit of the pressure off when you have guys like that in the team. You can just relax and play your best cricket.”
For all of his efforts, Beckett was also recently awarded an indigenous cricket scholarship by Cricket Australia and recently attended the Australian under 18 National Talent camp in Brisbane.
While there, he received coaching from the likes of Greg Chappell and Troy Cooley and said he tried to feed off their knowledge and experience as much as he could.
After a long season, Beckett is looking forward to taking a bit of a break before getting back into the swing of things for next season.
He spent time with Sutherland in Sydney Grade Cricket last year, before returning to play locally with Shoalhaven
Ex-Servicemen in the second half of the season.
At this stage Beckett is not sure where he will play next season.
He is hoping to get another crack at playing in the Futures League, but is happy to take it one step at a time.