Nyngan all-rounder Tyson Deebank has seen his passion for the game rewarded, taking home the Sam Fraser Spirit of Cricket Award recently for his efforts.
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The leg-spinner has already played first grade cricket for the Bowling Club Colts despite his young age, and has been steadily making a name for himself as a serious prospect in the Kelly and Pinnington Cup competitions for the RSL Colts.
The award, named in honour of Dubbo cricket Sam Fraser, celebrates junior players with a love for the game and a team first mindset.
He's a great ambassador for the game and plays some great cricket himself...- Teammate Wes Giddings
Deebank was nominated by RSL Colts team-mate and club veteran Wes Giddings, who was glad to see Deebank take home the award.
"He's a great, young bloke who loves the game, he's always got a smile on his face when he plays and he's always respectful to everyone; players, coaches, umpires, the opposition," Giddings said.
Giddings has shared a few batting partnerships with Deebank since moving to the Pinnington Cup in between seasons.
"He's a great ambassador for the game and he plays some great cricket himself, he's not a bad little leggy bowler and he's a handy batsman."
Deebank's commitment is made all the more impressive given the travel time involved with playing in Nyngan and Dubbo both.
"He - and his parents - make that effort each week to get him to Dubbo to play cricket, they're a great family and it's a very well deserved award for them."
Western Under 13s State Challenge coach Greg Rummans concurred.
He trained Deebank for last year's state challenge and says the 14-year-old is an exemplary player.
"He's a fantastic cricketer Tyson, with cricket in particular it's one thing to be a good player, but it's more important to be a good bloke, Tyson really fits that bill," Rummans said.
"He's always thinking about the team first and he's always grinning and enjoying it, no matter how the game's going."
Rummans went on to say that he sees a bright future for Deebank wherever his playing career takes him.
"I do see a lot of that potential in him, he's always been a big spinner and he's got very good control over the ball when he's bowling," Rummans said.
"I don't think he really has understood yet just how good a batsman he could be with some time."
Deebank will likely next appear for the RSL Colts during their finals campaign.
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