Mark Steketee at training on Monday after hitting 15 sixes in 156 on Sunday.
Mark Steketee at training on Monday after hitting 15 sixes in 156 on Sunday. Gerard Walsh

Talented Steketee has tons of class on the cricket field

AUSTRALIAN under-19 paceman Mark Steketee hasn't ambitions to be an all-rounder - he just wants to be regarded as a handy batsman.

Bowlers in two Warwick club teams this season can vouch he is more than handy.

On Sunday he hit his second century of the season for Maryvale Condamine, slashing 100 from 43 balls.

He scored 156 which included 134 in boundaries, 15 sixes and 11 fours, to become the Condamine Sports Club Cricketer of the Week.

Steketee and Jordan Siebenhausen posted an opening partnership of 191.

Steketee wasn't getting carried away with his batting potential.

"I haven't been able to bowl due to injury so have been practising my batting at training," he said.

"I like the ball coming on to the bat so opening suits. I just want to be a handy tail-end batsman."

He isn't a tailender in Warwick cricket but is used low in the order, often number 11, for Souths in Brisbane A-grade and the Australian U19 team.

His century wasn't an innings with just cross bat shots over mid-wicket: Many sixes were lofted drives over long on.

Some went 30-40m over the boundary on a field with average sized boundaries for country cricket.

Steketee took three catches in the outfield and even had a turn at wicket keeping.

He has no visions about being a gloveman but didn't concede a bye in the first third of the innings.

After his century on Sunday, Steketee was back at Slade Park training on Monday under the direction of coach Peter Kimmince.

He joined with South Queensland Country paceman Matt Elford and Siebenhausen brothers Mitch and Jordan in fielding practice in the centre of the field before having a turn in the nets with the bat.

Steketee hopes to return from a groin injury to the bowling crease for Souths on Saturday.

His commitments with Souths will determine how many more games he plays with Maryvale Condamine and possible qualification for the finals.



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