Young Vasili Exarhos enjoys support from his fellow cricketers.
Young Vasili Exarhos enjoys support from his fellow cricketers. Patrick Woods

Over-40s support young leggie's break

GYMPIE over-40s Silvers team is giving back to the cricketing community by providing sponsorship to up-and-coming player Vasili Exarhos.

The team wants to send Exarhos to a training camp in Brisbane run by Queensland Cricket at the Allan Border fields from January 19-21.

Gympie Over-40s spokesman Glyn Brook said this was the first time the team had ever sponsored a local cricketer but hoped to offer the same opportunity to others in the future.

"Something that we have started - we hope it becomes a Michael Bowyer Scholarship or award - to remember Mick - he was always helping people."

The Gympie Silvers have been playing both home and away games for the last four years.

They raise money through their local cricket matches from spectators paying a small price to watch the games as well buying food and drinks on game days.

"It's our way of putting our support in Gympie cricket, and juniors is a fair way to start."

"We cannot do much more for him (Exarhos) here so we want to send him down there to help him progress in cricket."

Brook said the Over-40s team decided to send Exarhos to the camp since the leg spin bowler moved from junior to senior grade cricket this year.

"It gets a bit expensive so we thought we'd pitch in and help him out," he said.

"It is something we thought would be good for him.

"Being a leg spinner is a rare talent."

Brook said Gympie cricket can only offer so much but they in order to get these talented players exposure they need to have the opportunity to attend a higher standard of training.

"He's playing with Gold from time to time and fitting in there well - it is a natural progression for him," he said.

"Hopefully, he goes on with his cricket career and it would be nice to see a Gympie boy make it.

"Leg spinners are a rare breed and he's going leaps and bounds so hopefully he just improves.

"He's a great talent and great kid with a great attitude."

Exarhos said it was quite generous of the Over-40s to offer to sponsor him.

"It was quite a big sponsorship," he said.

"I've never done anything like this before - it is quite advanced."

Exarhos, 17, hopes to gain a bit of exposure while at the camp as well as getting the chance to meet coaches and teams from different Brisbane university cricket teams.

"I hope to get a look at some of the other teams and have a look at which team can offer the most specifically for me," he said, having deferred university study for a year.