AT just 16 years old, Mildura’s Cameron Kiel is swinging his way into the bright lights.
The Year 11 Mildura Secondary College student has been producing a stellar cricket season for the Mildura Settlers, while also playing for Adelaide’s Glenelg District Cricket Club in the SACA (South Australia Cricket Association) Under 18 Shield competition.
The young, gun wicket-keeper and batsman has only been playing cricket for about five years, but played his first A Grade game at 14.
While he also balances the sport with football, he has been dedicated enough to take more big steps this season.
“As soon as cricket season finishes I’ll be back playing footy. I like them both pretty equally so we’ll just have to see what happens,” Cameron said, still undecided in what sport his future lies.
“I train about four times a week for cricket and I’ve also started gym this year. I’ve managed to stay successful with my batting and wicket keeping, just hanging around at the crease, either opening or coming in at the five, so it’s been great.”
While Cameron’s skill is plain to see, it’s been his hard work and the support and influence from teammates at Setts, and his experience playing for Glenelg amongst some of the best players his age, that have really helped him to propel his game this season.
Recently he made an impressive 77 not-out for the first division Setts side in a big win for them, showing everyone in the competition just how rapid his improvement has been.
“The experience for Glenelg has been amazing. It’s really helped me with my confidence and the development of my game. It’s a good level of cricket over there,” Cameron said.
“Setts have also been brilliant for me. Jason Morrison, who I opened with on the weekend, is a great batsman and has really helped me with my confidence. Braidyn Turner and Richie Wyld have been a really good influence for me too.”
Outside of his clubs though, Cameron has two younger brothers who keep him on his toes and his competitive fire lit.
His family has been extremely supportive of his sporting career, but his brothers Beau (14) and Nate (12) love the bat and ball almost as much as he does, making for some fiery competition.
“With my two younger brothers, things get pretty competitive. We’ve had more than a few intense backyard cricket battles,” Cameron said.
“They help to keep me competitive and at my best, and they might also be some ‘up and comers’ of the future.”
Cameron’s first division Setts team currently sits third on the ladder a few games out from finals.
The blistering batsman has been on top of his game so far and hopes to continue developing for his teammates as they steadily approach the pointy end of the season.
“I want to continue to convert good starts into big scores at the crease. It’s just about hanging in there and helping the team as much as possible. The goal for us is to make finals and really have some success so if I can keep making big scores I can help the team to do that,” Cameron said.
“Outside of Setts I want to keep developing and keep playing rep cricket in Adelaide as well.”
While he is undecided on where his future in sport lies, Cameron admits he would be more than thrilled if he eventually got to put on the Baggy Green for Australia, something every boy in cricket dreams of.
He makes sure to stay on an even keel though, always focused on the task at hand.
“I’d absolutely love to play Test cricket. That’d be amazing, but I’ve got to take it step by step and see what happens,” he said.
With all the raw talent and skill needed and a mentality and work ethic to match, we wouldn’t be surprised if we saw Cameron Kiel donning the Test whites for Australia in the future.