He may be one of the youngest players in Riverside's A-grade side but Cooper Anthes certainly showed his teammates how to play the game on Saturday.
Compiling his highest first-grade score of 64 off 66 balls, the 16-year-old Riverside High School student gave the Blues a sniff at chasing down Devonport's mammoth 277 before wickets fell around him.
"We knew that someone was going to have to step up for us to chase that down," Anthes said.
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"After losing a couple early wickets, our goal was to take the game as deep as possible and we had a short boundary that we wanted to target which made it a bit easier.
"It was a shame that we lost wickets consistently, we were in with a real shot if we just had one partnership that took the game deep so we had wickets in hand."
Ticking off a major milestone in the heavy defeat, Anthes emerged on the A-grade scene as a dangerous off-spin bowler but has been taking steps in showing his form with the stick, scoring 115 earlier this year in Colts division one.
After making his debut last season, the Tasmanian junior representative admits he's found it tough to belong at the highest level but is finding his feet, thanks to the help of club and state coaches alongside the Greater Northern Raiders.
"Being so young sometimes I wondered whether I did deserve it. But with a couple good performances I now feel like I belong there.
"The Raiders have been really good for me. The experience playing and training with the best in the North of the state has been amazing for my cricket and I hope to keep pushing to get picked."
Matches: 17, Runs: 249, HS: 64, Wickets: 17, BB: 5-34
Matches: 4, Runs:16, HS: 6, Wickets: 1, BB: 1-20
Matches: 11, Runs: 197, HS: 68*, Wickets: 13, BB: 4-11
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