Ipswich Hornets' Harry Wood sends one down against Toombul during their QCA premier grade cricket match played at Baxter Oval on Saturday.
Ipswich Hornets' Harry Wood sends one down against Toombul during their QCA premier grade cricket match played at Baxter Oval on Saturday. Rob Williams

Batting coach shares high praise for rising star

HORNETS opener and batting coach Dan Wilson has warned rivals that all-rounder Harry Wood will only get better, despite starting like a house on fire through the first month of the Queensland Premier Cricket season.

Wood has blasted 78, 81 and 72 in his first three outings at the crease, helping the Hornets to a maiden First Grade finals appearance - away to Northern Suburbs tomorrow.

But Wilson believes Wood's patient batting style is better suited to the two-day format.

He said the Australian U19 representative has now "established himself as a genuine number three” at the Ipswich/Logan club, to the delight of many.

"I think he's really benefited from just doing the things he's good at, and the biggest is batting for long periods of time,” Wilson said.

"If Harry is honest with himself, if he thinks back to when he's scored runs, it's when he's been prepared to bat for a long time.

"Moving into the two-day part of the season, we'll only see bigger scores. It's a style of play that really suits him.”

Having worked with Wood at the Hornets' batting coach, Wilson said the talented youngster was also likely profiting from fewer coaches in his ear.

"I think being away from that Queensland Cricket system at the moment, he's really benefited from just having one or two voices rather than five or six,” Wilson said.



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