HE’S spent the past three years biding his time behind a succession of representative spinners.
But 18-year-old Mark Solway is set to step into his own this season after being anointed as Queanbeyan’s number one spin option for the club’s upcoming campaign.
Following the departure of ACT Comets representative tweaker Josh Connolly at the end of last season, Solway will head an impressive looking spin attack that will also include proven wicket takers Mark Higgs and Blake Dean.
“Hopefully I’ll get to play a bigger role now Joshy has headed back up to Queensland,” Solway said in the lead up to Queanbeyan’s opening one-day game against Ginninderra on Saturday.
“Blake will probably bowl a fair bit as well and Higgsy’s still going to be there but it’ll definitely be a big opportunity for me this year.”
Solway made his first grade debut for Queanbeyan at 15 in 2010 before cementing his position in the side last season.
And the Karabar High student said he had been working hard over the off-season with Comets coach Higgs in a bid to continue his rise through the ranks.
“I’ve been working pretty hard with Higgsy over the offseason at getting the ball through a bit quicker,” he said.
“I like to be pretty attacking but last year I lacked that ability to tie batsmen down and soak up the runs so hopefully I can put that into action this season.”
The talented off-spinner was this week included in the Comets rookie group alongside fellow Queanbeyan spinner Alex Page and batsman Lakshmn Shivakumar.
Solway will also be looking to impress in the lead up to this year’s Australian Under-19s championships in December after being included in the ACT squad for the tournament.