This inaugural Cricket Player Spotlight is brought to you by Nelson Alexander.
Kieren Gray is the epitome of the Aberfeldie Cricket Club, having been one of the most loyal and respected players for the two blues in recent history.
In addition to playing cricket at a higher level, Kieren has played over 20 seasons for Abers and continues to excel in the highest grade.
Growing up in the Essendon area, Kieren and his family are a major reason for the success that the club has today.
With his parents taking on roles on the committee, coaching and grounds keeping over the years, being a part of the club was in Kieren’s blood and he is so grateful to be brought up in this environment.
“The people, players, supporters, past players and volunteers are all examples of all the great people who make Abers enjoyable to be involved with.”
Kieren has taken his game to great heights across Australia and even around the world.
After junior and senior years at Abers, Kieren played for Carlton in the Premier Cricket League as a leg spin bowling all-rounder and even travelled to the United Kingdom to play.
Enjoying his time in the UK, Kieren was able to represent the club of Ealing in London and Hillhead in Glasgow.
“They have different match formats over there, all one day matches and no finals in the league, with whoever finishes on top at the end of the season becoming champions.”
“This meant different tactics, as we weren’t building for finals as we do here, as accumulating points was more important.”
Cricketers at all levels, have had superstitions to help them perform on the field, yet Kieren doesn’t believe in any of this and solely tries to concentrate on how he plays the game.
“If you have to do the same thing each game and something isn’t quite right for whatever reason it can play with your mind. You can only prepare as well as you can during the week, back yourself to be ready for a Saturday.”
Kieren had been Captain/Coach of Abers for the last four years and now, while still playing in the First XI, he has stepped into a sole Coach role.
He is enjoying the change in focus and working well with First XI Captain Sohan Boralessa.
“Being able to share the load with Sohan has helped us both, without having to focus as much on the weekend, I can put more time and effort into helping to prepare the playing group for how Sohan and the other Captains want us to play.”
With all four Abers Cricket sides having a successful start to the cricket calendar, this change for Kieren as Coach seems to be working wonders.
Now an Aberfeldie Cricket Club veteran and someone that much of the community and players look up to, Kieren as a Coach and batsmen for the club is looking for another great season ahead, currently with the First XI side at the top of the ladder
The amount of time and effort Kieren puts in each week will go a long way to attaining Premiership success this season and he is someone that the entire Abers community should admire.
Liam McAllion – Aberfeldie Sports Club