Cobram batsman Shaun Downie was the first player in Murray Valley Cricket Association to notch a century this season.RANDALL JOHNSTON November 8, 2012 4:00am
Cobram batsman Shaun Downie made another century, 141 runs in fact, against Tocumwal last month.
The Cobram Courier caught up with Shaun this week to find out what makes the man tick.
‘‘My mum and dad used to own the indoor cricket centre in Benalla,’’ Downie said.
‘‘We moved to Cobram when I was about seven.
‘‘I’ve been playing for Cobram since I was 12.’’
Downie says he enjoyed being part of Cobram Cricket Club and always tried to do his best for the team.
His best effort to date came when he scored 155 against Strathmerton in the semi-final ‘‘a couple of years back’’.
‘‘We were chasing 320. I batted third. Not many thought we’d get it,’’ he said.
Downie had been captain for the past four years, but decided against it this season.
Cobram have won a few finals but keeps narrowly missing out on top honours in the grand final matches.
They made the semi-final last year, only to lose to Nathalia.
Although Downie is more of a batsman, he enjoys having a bowl as well.
However, for him nothing comes close to the thrill of notching up another century.
‘‘Every 100 you make is a highlight, as an individual,’’ he said.
With 13 centuries in his 13 years with the club, Downie has proven himself to be a key asset to the team with a focused approach.
‘‘I like to play my shots and be pretty aggressive,’’ he said.
Three blokes had shared the record of six centuries for Cobram prior to Downie getting his seventh century for the club.
His advice to a batsman starting to feel the pressure from any bowler is to remain composed and not to ignore any opportunity to make more runs.
‘‘You just have to play every ball on its merit and don’t panic,’’ he said.
Other players he respects in the competition on the bowling front include his own teammate Shane Healey, Nathalia’s Ash Quinn and Barooga’s Matt Jaensch.
Downie reckons the best batsmen in the competition are Strathmerton’s Luke Carter and Cobram-Yarroweyah United’s Stuart Thompson.
In regards to Cobram’s season, he says they just want to remain focused on trying to improve with every game and have been ‘‘trying to make training a bit more game-oriented’’ this year.
The Australian batsman he looks up to most is Adam Gilchrist and, as far as international players go, is fond of Sachin Tendulkar.
In addition to his duties at Cobram, Downie is also captain and coach of the Murray Valley representative cricket team that had a win against Griffith on Sunday — bowling them out for 81.
He is also looking forward to Bendigo Country Week in January and Melbourne Country Week in February.
‘‘I only get to play against some of those guys once a year,’’ he said.
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