FORMER Wimmera cricketer Sam Kerber had his opponents in a spin during his Vic Premier Cricket debut at the weekend.
The teenage spin-bowling all-rounder, who signed with Richmond during the off-season, started his first grade career with a bang, taking 3-18 off 10 overs in the Tigers’ three-wicket win over Hawthorn-Monash University.
His first wicket was Javid Khan, caught at short-cover by Andrew Delmont for one, something Kerber admitted he would never forget.
“The boys were really happy for me and I was just stoked to get the first one away,” he said.
“It was a bit surreal at the time, I couldn’t really believe it.
“When I got my second and then third wickets, I couldn’t have asked for a better start.”
The scalps of Sisitha Jayasinghe and Daniel Rogers followed as the Hawks were rolled for 128.
Richmond chased down the total with three wickets in hands, with Kerber unbeaten on four.
Kerber, who relocated to the city to study a health sciences degree at the Melbourne Institute of Business and Technology, grew up in Jeparit before moving to Tarrington in 2010.
He said things were going well at Tigerland alongside former Victorian under-19s team mate Jack Harper.
“I had a really good pre-season and it was good to get back out on the field,” Kerber said.
“All the guys have been really supportive and encouraging, which has been a massive help settling in.”
Steve Reid, formerly of Birchip, had a debut of his own on Saturday.
The former Essendon skipper played his first match for new club Melbourne University in its seven-wicket defeat of Fitzroy-Doncaster.
Reid took two catches and showed plenty of promise with the ball, finishing with 0-43 off 10 overs in the one-day match.
The strapping paceman said he was loving the fresh start and hoped it was the remedy for a return to form.
“It’s a really good environment and well set-up,” he said.
“Playing in a winning team with a winning culture is a lot easier than having to fight and scrap every week.”
Reid said his body was feeling fantastic after another pre-season with the Victorian Bushrangers, as he strove to regain his state contract.
“I did pretty much every training session that I could,” he said.
“I went back to full-time uni this year to finish off my science degree, so it was all about fitting around those commitments.”