Laura cricket all-rounder enjoying good season

WHAT NEXT? Laura off-spin bowler Rick Willis weighs up his options while playing in a recent Rocky River cricket match. He is also talented with the bat, having scored 85 in one innings this season.
WHAT NEXT? Laura off-spin bowler Rick Willis weighs up his options while playing in a recent Rocky River cricket match. He is also talented with the bat, having scored 85 in one innings this season.

Laura cricketer Rick Willis is having a good season with bat and ball - but don't ask about his recipe for success.

"You don't reveal your secrets," he said during a break from work at the iconic Golden North icecream factory in the town.

But when pressed, he said: "It has all been practice."

He developed his off-spinners while playing cricket in the backyard with his brothers in home-town Booborowie.

He also hit the ball against the brick wall to test his reflexes.

The result is a talented all-rounder who has scored well with the bat in four out of five Rocky River matches so far this season and who has taken figures such as 5/25 as a bowler while amassing 17 wickets.

He keenly accepts advice about his game, none more important than that from his father Trevor who played the sport until he was 64 years old.

Willis, 34, had a stint at Prince Alfred College, playing for the school team, and spent time in Adelaide district cricket with the likes of Northern Jets and Adelaide University.

He played with future Redbacks stars such as Callum Ferguson and Mark Cosgrove who both represented Australia.

"I have a partner in Laura and ended up moving to the town," he said.

"I have had a reasonable start to the season, but cricket is a fickle game and that can end pretty quickly."

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