ALLAN Edwards trophy winner Simon Mackin is accustomed to taking big steps, given his lofty frame.
And the Willetton District Cricket Club fast bowler turned these steps into a leap last month when the WACA named him the most promising young A-Grade talent.
A stellar second half of the season from the teenager earned him the award, taking 16 wickets with an average of 17 in a four- game stretch to end the summer.
Simon said he was shocked when he received the award.
“It was an honour to get the recognition for a steady season, definitely a surprise, but I’m very happy,” he said.
It did not seem like this form was possible at Christmas last year, when Simon had just two A-grade wickets and had a dislocated shoulder that put him out for five weeks.
“The start of the season was a bit disappointing,” he said.
“I lacked confidence and was trying to find my feet in the A-grade side.”
The Curtin University student said he hoped to carry his late-season form through to next summer.
“Going into 2012-13 I am looking to take consistent wickets for Willetton at A-Grade level and also feature strongly in the WA under-23s fixtures,” he said.