Sheffield Shield Season:
4 matches, 429 runs, average 71.5, HS 110
1 wicket, 84 average
9 matches, 123 runs, strike rate 146.42, HS 44*
4 wickets, 7.46 economy
Matador Cup Season:
3 matches, 62 runs, average 20.66, HS 41
3 wickets, 19.66 average
If you’ve seen Ashton Turner crunch a six with an unfair amount of ease, you know he’s something special. This is a guy who can save his team from a desperate situation, bowl very tidily and still say fielding is a strength.
And yet so far, Turner’s career hasn’t followed the traditional path.
His first-class debut didn’t come for Western Australia, instead for an Australian XI against Sussex during the 2013 Ashes tour.
He was a spin option first and a good striker of the ball second.
Cricket Australia labeled him a “potential star” for his accurate off-spinners, who was also a “handy batsman”.
His debut for the Perth Scorchers didn’t come in the Big Bash; it came for the Scorchers in the now defunct Twenty20 Champions League.
But nearly four years on from his unusual debuts, Turner is beginning to live up to CA’s modest expectations set upon him.
The 2016-17 season has been a break-out for Turner, a man I once described as the Scorchers’ other Ash.
81 runs off 102 balls against NSW in his first match of the season kicked off his Shield campaign pretty well, especially considering the knock came from number eight in the order.
He wouldn’t remain that low down however, leap-frogging up to number six in the order and cracking a maiden first class hundred in his very next start.
His 110 (144) against Tasmania was a special knock, not just because it was his first time into three figures, but because he came to the crease at 4-40 on the first morning of the match.
Then up in Queensland he scored 49 twice, once not out and once out, in a pretty unlikely and unlucky match, before belting another hundred in the return fixture against the Bulls.
Entering the crease at 4-47, Turner’s even 100 came from 186 balls and was ultimately responsible for getting WA it’s first win of the season.
While Turner’s 429 and 71.5 average make for impressive reading, it’s probably fair to say his one wicket from 29 overs makes from unimpressive reading.
In fact, less unimpressive and more disappointing, or unfortunate. Because with a few more first class wickets under his belt, this guy could’ve been on the plane to India.
But I’ve got a feeling this ‘potential star’ won’t be waiting too long for his call-up.
Extra: I managed to find this little footage of Turner at the 2012 Under 19 WC. Enjoy!