Burns turns up heat for Colts
SOUTH Tweed Colts skipper Jack Boote credits Tait Burns’ rise through the representative cricket ranks to his batsman’s new-found confidence.
When Boote arrived at the club from the Gold Coast before season’s start, he admits had no idea who Burns – also a gifted footballer for Tweed Heads in the Gold Coast Soccer competition – was.
The multi-talented youngster was lacking in confidence and simply going through the motions.
But now he sees a changed man; a North Coast under-21 representative capable of making it to the top.
“Tait can definitely go all the way,” Boote said. “I have never seen a player that has as much time as Tait does, it’s amazing; he hits the ball so clean.
“He would be a great acquisition to any side, and we’re lucky to have him.”
In at three, Burns has been a stand-out bat for Colts in the opening rounds of the LJ Hooker League, but even more devastating for the Tweed District side in the SCG Country Cup.
Averaging 56.2 locally – including his maiden first-grade century (105 not out) and a 53n.o. – the maestro has belted 95 and 91 runs respectively in his past two Cup outings.
“I’d never heard of him or seen him play prior to coming down to Colts,” Boote said.
“A few guys wanted to get him along though, and so we got him down and have never looked back.
“I thought confidence might have been a bit of an issue at first, but he really seems to be enjoying his cricket now.
“I’ve spent some time with him and he’s listening to instructions well and his self-belief is certainly building; a couple of handy knocks helped too.”
Burns will get his chance to impress State selectors at the upcoming NSW Country Carnival where the NSW Country Colts (under-21) side will be selected.
However first he must continue to impress locally, and is today expected to feature heavily when South Tweed clash with Lismore Workers at Neilson Park in round six of the LJ Hooker League.
Having blown local rivals Murwillumbah off the park in their most recent outing and jumped into ninth spot on the ladder, Boote’s troops will be confident of remaining on the winners’ list against the bottom three outfits who boast just one win.
The action begins at 1pm.
Elsewhere, Murwillumbah meet Casino at Rabjones Oval, Pottsville travel to Nesbitt Park to play Marist Brothers, Terranora Lakes take on Southern Districts at Bilambil, Cudgen clash with Lennox Head at Reg Dalton Oval, Alstonville battle Brunswick/Byron at Hill Park, and Ballina tackle Tintenbar-East Ballina at Fripp Oval.