Alastair Costello took seven wickets for Warwick against Stanthorpe in under-14 cricket on Sunday.
Alastair Costello took seven wickets for Warwick against Stanthorpe in under-14 cricket on Sunday. Gerard Walsh

Seven wickets for off-spinner

THANE spin bowler Alastair Costello took career best figures of 7-15 for Warwick in a victory against Stanthorpe on Sunday.

The under-14 game was played at Slade Park and Costello came on to bowl with Stanthorpe having already lost one wicket.

He bowls off-spin and took his wickets in 8.4 overs to help dismiss Stanthorpe for 125. Warwick won after scoring 198, Ryan Collins top scoring with 49.

Costello has played junior cricket since the age of six and has been working on perfecting the art of off-spin bowling since the age of 10.

He wants to concentrate on his bowling and just keep bowling on a good length.

“I make sure I flight the ball,” Costello said.

On Sunday, he had five batsmen caught in the covers and batsmen stumped by Robert Stewart and Josh O’Brien who shared the wicketkeeping

Twice during his spell, he took wickets with successive balls to be on a hat trick.

Even though one batsman played and missed at a hat-trick ball, Costello missed out on getting the third hat-trick of his career.

He took a hat-trick in under-12 club cricket and another for Wheatvale State School in a game against Glennie Heights State School in year six.

While Shane Warne is a leg spinner and not an offie, Costello still lists Australia’s most successful bowler as his favourite player.

“I like the way he works over batsmen with tight bowling and variety,” Costello said.

Already this season, Costello has taken 15 wickets in representative cricket in four games. Warwick has recorded three wins in four games this season.



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