Mowbray veteran notching up impressive bowling figures

MOWBRAY opening bowler Justin Reeves has been one of the NTCA's best performers with the ball this season and sits on top of the bowling averages for first grade.

The 31-year-old veteran has been playing with Mowbray for the past 15 seasons and continues to show his skill with the new ball, picking up an official 19 wickets at a miserly average of 10.80.

Add to that another nine taken in Greater Northern Cup and Twenty20 semi-finals and finals (which are not included in the NTCA statistics), and four from last week against Launceston,  and Reeves boasts a total of 33 club wickets for the season so far at an average of 10.27.

He took 43 wickets last season including a career best performance of 10-59 against Riverside, picking up 7-41 in the first innings and 3-18, in the second.

His best figures this season were 5-36 against Ulverstone in the GNC.

``The last two or three years I've had obviously good years and I think it comes down to Roger Brown, our coach,'' Reeves said.

``Especially being a bowling coach he has done a fair bit of work with us, and we're always learning and putting in the hard yards at training probably three to four days a week.''

Reeves usually opens the bowling for Mowbray with Ric Considine with Jerome Illingworth as first-change bowler.

Last week he took 4-30, against the Lions, while Illingworth returned the excellent figures of 5-17, the pair sharing nine wickets in tandem.

``I think everything has clicked this season and I'm comfortable with where I'm at with my game,'' Reeves said.

``It was pretty hard going last week and was one of those wickets where once the batsman got in it was hard to get them out.

``Bowling together in partnerships is important and putting them in the right areas, and Jerome clearly did that, taking fantastic figures of 5-17  off 16 overs.

``As a bowling unit I think we are very strong in that area and we bowl very well together in partnerships.''

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