Alcorn puts spin on Brisbane move
BRENDAN Alcorn has made the transition from Ipswich club cricketer to Brisbane first grader look simple.
Alcorn, who played for Brothers in last season's Ipswich West Moreton Division One competition, is among the leading bowlers in the Brisbane first grade competition, having taken 10 wickets at an average of 17.1 for Valleys this season.
“The change of scenery is going well,” the left-arm orthodox spinner said. “Valleys are a great club and they allow you to do well.”
Valleys can take some of the credit but the lion's share must go to Alcorn, who was the sixth leading bowler and second leading spinner in Ipswich last season, taking 34 wickets at 18.91.
A move from Karalee to Ferny Hills with new wife Josie prompted him to try his hand at Valleys.
“I miss the team mates,” he said of leaving Brothers.
“They're all good blokes.”
Alcorn started the current season with Valleys in second grade but didn't stay there long after taking 7-4 in his first game.
He played one more before earning a promotion to the top grade and hasn't looked back.
“I had a pretty good run straight up,” he said. “It was a nice introduction to the club.”
Despite his instant success, Alcorn says there is a big gulf between Ipswich and Brisbane cricket and between first and second grade in Brisbane
“There is a big step up,” he said.
“You can't get away with bowling a loose ball each over. You have to concentrate all the time and there is more pressure on you.
“But having a couple of games in second grade gives you that confidence to step up.
“My flight's been good this year.
“I'm getting the ball to drop.”
While half the current Ipswich season has been lost to rain, ironically the weather has benefited Alcorn at times.
“The general consensus has been they've been preparing wickets earlier in case of rains,” he explained. “Which means if it hasn't rained, the wickets are pretty flat and hard.”
While he hasn't had to bowl on many green tops, Alcorn has far exceeded his own expectations.
“It is definitely further than I was expecting,” he said.
“I was contemplating taking the first half of the year off. Now I want to try and secure myself in first grade and become one of the key wicket- takers in the team.”
Despite his impressive returns, Alcorn remains Valleys' number two spinner behind Sean Powell.
“At the moment I'm happy doing that,” Alcorn said.
“As the season wears on, I hope to get some more overs.”
He has an ally in coach Heath Pedrola, who is a fan of having two spinners in the team, particularly with one right and one left-armer.
While Alcorn's bowling has impressed everyone, he hasn't had a chance to prove if he can bat.
The number 11 has not been required yet but Alcorn is happy to keep the focus on his bowling.