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Henry's Hallway of hesitation
Date of Event : Tue Feb 7, 2017 9:51PM
Henry Hall took 6 wickets against Carlton.
HENRY Hall has already achieved milestones that just two years ago many thought were beyond him.
And now he’s set his sights on a 1st XI finals campaign.
The 23-year-old is renowned for his late-season surges, which have culminated in player of the final awards in each of the last two years.
First it was a five-wicket haul in the 3rd XI, before he bowled St Kilda to victory at the Albert Ground in last season’s decider.
“I make no secret of the fact I enjoy red ball cricket in March,” Hall said.
“It’s what you play for, to win flags. I’ve been lucky enough to play in a couple at lower XI’s and now I’m keen to experience it at 1st XI premier cricket.
“At our best we can beat anyone, especially when we have Bobby (Quiney) and Marcus Harris in our top oder.”
Speaking of top orders, the man they call “Hoyster” has been shooting holes in opposition ones for quite some time.
After claiming four wickets in his first six 2nd XI games this season, Hall was promoted to the 1sts and snared a five victims on debut against the Greenvale Kangaroos.
His 5-34 helped propel the Saints towards an outright result and included two maidens.
T20s followed in December but it was no surprise that when red ball cricket returned in the match before Christmas, Hall lifted.
He dismissed four of Northcote’s top four batsmen – including Zimbabwe international Solomon Mire – as St Kilda romped to a 153-run victory.
As has been the case in recent years, Hall is now hitting his straps at the right time. 6-28 against Carlton tore the heart out of a powerful Navy Blues batting line-up, before he took another four against Camberwell in Round 15.
“It’s always nice to take wickets but credit has to go to the other bowlers too,” Hall said.
“I just try to keep it tight, keep it simple and do the best job I can.”
Hall’s season stats are impressive.
He has taken 26 wickets – 21 of which have been while playing 1st XI – and boasts an economy rate of just 3.08 runs per over. Elite.
If the last two seasons are anything to go by, Mr March is only just warming up. However for St Kilda to make the eight, they will need him to continue his form throughout February.
Last updated: Tuesday February 7, 2017 10:48PM
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