BRADMANESQUE: Cade Banditt is averaging more than 100 with the bat for Central Districts this season.
BRADMANESQUE: Cade Banditt is averaging more than 100 with the bat for Central Districts this season. Kate Czerny

Spartan sponsorship indicates big future for rising star

MICHAEL Clarke, Mahendra Dhoni, Eoin Morgan and Cade Banditt.

Which one doesn't fit?

If you picked Banditt you'd be right on one count - he's the only one averaging over 100 this summer.

He's also the only one not to play international cricket and captain his country.

But that might change one day, given he recently joined the Spartan cricket stable alongside the likes of Clarke, Morgan and Dhoni.

Banditt is the only cricketer in Queensland sponsored by Spartan.

He has his amazing form for Brothers to thank, along with a bit of assistance from Ipswich cricket tragic and cricket gear retailer Rajesh Sharma.

A few words from Sharma to Spartan's CEO about Banditt's batting feats led to them investing so heavily in the Kholo-based teenager. Banditt signed his contract at the Gabba at the same time England one-day captain Morgan did.

"I was stoked to be honest," Banditt said. "I think it was my two hundreds and my average of over 100, which is quite a good achievement in itself."

Bandit made his debut in Brothers Division One side this year and finished 33 not out in his only innings thus far.

He has also been a part of their Baxter Big Bash T20 campaign, which ended on Monday night with a semi-final defeat to Central Districts.

"I'm hoping to make the schoolboys Met West team coming up," the St Edmund's College grade 11 student said.

"And hopefully future Queensland teams."

Banditt's immediate focus has gone from Brothers to his school's 1st XI, which takes on St Peter's Indooroopilly on Saturday.

He is also a committed hockey player for Ipswich club side Wests and is a Queensland under 18 representative. It points to a bright future whichever sport he eventually chooses.

Banditt knows he will have to commit to one or the other eventually and admits his Spartan sponsorship gives cricket the edge.

But for now he is grateful to be able to pursue both his sporting passions with all he's got.

"I'll see when it comes to that point," he said.

"At the moment I'm loving both but that day will come."


Biggest cricketing influence: My Pop, John McGill, who passed away last year, and my club coach Leo Conway.

Best advice: From my pop, who said, "Play hard wherever you are. You never know who is watching."


Now the hard work begins

HAVING too much too young can be a recipe for disaster for some young sports people, with success going to their head.

And a couple of thousand-dollar cricket bats are enough to put any 16-year-old's head in the clouds.

But Cade Banditt has shown he has the maturity to avoid getting carried away with what he has achieved.

He knows he now has a responsibility to deliver both with the bat and as a role model.

"Now I've got to get my head down and keep performing," he said.

"I've got a great average but there's always room to improve.

"My aim is to not only inspire myself and others around me, I want to put Ipswich on the map."

That means he may not be with Brothers too much longer, with the Queensland premier grade competition in his sights if not next summer then probably the one after.

"I'm hoping to play for the Ipswich Logan Hornets," he said.

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