ALL SMILES: Braeden Darlington enjoys the team environment.
ALL SMILES: Braeden Darlington enjoys the team environment. Adam Mccleery

Braeden has signed on for a new sport

WATCHING sport can often spark a desire to get involved and play instead of spectate.

Gayndah man Braeden Darlington used to have those same thoughts and decided to act.

"I used to just muck around with a bat and ball in the yard," Darlington said

"Then a few of the boys from the club saw me and asked if I'd like to try playing."

Braeden took them up on their offer.

"I went down to a couple of training sessions and tried it out before my first game," Darlington said.

"Ever since they've enjoyed having me on and I'm happy to be with them."

Darlington is now in his third season with the club after starting in the back end of 2013.

The cricketer, who had never played competitive cricket before, felt playing might be the best way to learn.

"I'm getting better with every game," Darlington said

"I'm mainly a bowler so that's the part of my game I work on most."

Darlington is a medium pace bowler in a usually fast bowling world but he makes it work.

"I'm not one of those flat-out bowlers but I do manage to get the ball to swing," Darlington said

The small competition set the right atmosphere to make Darlington's transition as easy as possible.

"Being a smaller comp, all the teams get to know each other really quickly," Darlington said

"We all have some laughs out in the middle."

Darlington came from a sport-loving family but said he was probably the biggest fanatic in the group.

"My family enjoy coming out and supporting me," Darlington said

"And as a team we are always happy to have family, friends and supporters come and watch."

Darlington said signing up to the club was a great decision and he was glad he took up the offer.

"Being able to play with these guys and get to know them all better has been great," Darlington said.


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