Glenelg opening batsmen Jake Winter has been rewarded with the round one Rising Star nomination after his maiden first grade century in his side’s win over East Torrens on the weekend. In just his eighth first grade match, Winter’s knock of 123 runs off 124 balls including 13 fours and one six, set the Seahorses up for the win.
Glenelg Captain Chad Sayers won the toss and elected to bat first at Gliderol Stadium. The Seahorses were off to a dream start when Winter and fellow opener Ben Bullimore (59) piled on 168 runs before the first wicket of the match. Winter took the place of West End Redbacks opening batsman Alex Carey and dominated at the crease before being dismissed for 123 by James Miller. A bit of late hitting from Johan Botha (43) saw the Seahorses finish their 50 overs 8/291.
In reply, a maiden half century to debutant Trent Keep (71) wasn’t enough for East Torrens as Glenelg bowlers Jack Pudney (3/44) and Craig Dand (2/43) restricted them to 8/207 giving Glenelg a perfect start to the season. Winter also had his skills on display in the field, taking a smart catch.
A bi-product of the South Australian pathway, Winter has continued his excellent form from the Redbacks League where he has scored 276 runs at 55.20 in just six matches of competition to now dominate at first grade level and become a deserving winner of the round one Rising Star.
Winter is the first player to be in contention for the Jason Gillespie Medal, which is awarded to the best first grade cricketer under the age of 23 who is yet to play 20 first grade games at the start of the season.