Fastest 16-year-old in the state
REGIONAL cricket manager Bruce Deem is impressed with the raw pace of Maryvale-Condamine pace bowler Mark Steketee.
At a recent Queensland Cricket Pace Bowling Road Show stop at Slade Park, Toowoomba, bowler Chris Byrnes was clocked at 122 kilometres an hour, the fastest recorded in country Queensland in opens.
After the vouchers for the fastest bowlers at the regional road show had been given out, Steketee was tested with the speed gun and recorded 125km/hr.
“He is the fastest 16-year-old we have timed in the state so far,” Deem said.
“Mark is pretty level-headed.”
A representative pace bowler himself, Deem said speed was a gift and not something that could be taught.
“Speed is physical and genetic and to do with how a player is built,” he said.
“Mark has a very strong action which is where he gets most of his speed.”
Deem said a lot of elite pace bowlers were in the 130kmh to 140kmh range, and the faster bowlers more than 150kmh.
While Steketee is a bit above the pack at age 16, Deem said it remained to be seen if he could bowl faster and faster in the years ahead
“Mark has already made Queensland teams but there is a lot of work ahead if he wants to make a career out of cricket,” Deem said.
In between his commitments in underage teams and Warwick A-grade, Steketee plays A-grade in Toowoomba. He is coached in Warwick by Peter Kimmince.