ZANE Robertson has what it takes and his 32 runs in tough conditions on a rain-affected pitch at Yaralla was most impressive.

You see, Zane is only 13 years old and the men around him were most impressed with his mature knock against Gladstone Brothers.

Unfortunately, Zane was run out and his side lost the game by five wickets.

"I swung hard at a couple and it paid off," Zane said with a hint of disappointment that he did not capitalise on a solid start.

However, he did better than most of his much older team-mates and he also had to deal with several bouncers.

"I copped a couple short ones and if there were balls to be hit, then I just went hard at them and it worked out," Zane added.

He has played several games in A-grade and a few in the B-grade, and he also has an extra string to his bow.

"I bowl off spin as well as wicket-keeping sometimes," he said. "If I bowl off spin against adults, they try and intimidate me."

Those tactics do not deter the youngster as Saturday's innings proved.

"I have been playing cricket since the age of six and played for Yaralla my whole life," Zane said.

He looks to Australian cricket captain Steve Smith for inspiration. "He's a legend," Zane quipped.

The match was delayed because of rain and shortened to a 35-over format in the first round of the reserve grade 40-over competition.


RESERVES: Gladstone Brothers 5-91 (P Laws 45; K Richardson 2-15) d Yaralla 79 (Z Robertson 32, R Stephenson 18; B Hooley 3-14, N Cobb 2-23)

B-GRADE: BITS Saints 3-66 d BITS Gold 10-65 (L Beale 5-22); Yaralla 8-75 d The Glen 10-74.

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