Liam Rigby leaves Buninyong to pursue career in BCA club firsts

LIAM Rigby loves a challenge and decided season 2013-14 was the time to take the plunge.

The 21-year-old all-rounder has left Buninyong’s successful district surrounds to pursue a career with Napoleons-Sebastopol in the Ballarat Cricket Association club firsts ranks.

Rigby played in two senior premierships with the Bunnies after joining them from Imperials as a junior, but felt the need to push his game to the next level.

After fielding regular calls from Naps-Sebas in past years, Rigby played a game on permit last season before making the move official.

“When I played that permit game last year I really enjoyed it and I have played junior cricket with the Eyers boys (players at Naps-Sebas),” Rigby said of his move.

“It has been challenging because I’m playing against 11 good cricketers (each week) rather than the three or four in the district competition. It gets a lot better.

“I’m definitely loving it and because we have got such a young side, the future looks good. Hopefully I can pinch a flag with them.”

Rigby was touted as a club firsts cricketer last year when he was a rare selection from the district ranks to represent the BCA senior team.

He played two games during Ballarat’s Melbourne Country Week campaign last year, and appears likely to do the same next month when the squad looks to win its way back into the provincial division.

Rigby, who has taken 10 wickets and made 63 runs in the club firsts this season, has played in both of Ballarat’s Kenmac Shield wins and hopes to be part of the Turner-Hollioake Shield side to take on Bendigo early next month.

This is the final lead-up to country week, which begins on February 17.

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