Three games into his Big Bash career Sydney Thunder wicketkeeper Jay Lenton is impressing fans, and experts with his energy and athleticism on the field.
The young keeper has taking his opportunity with both hands, playing his best game yet against the Hurricanes.
Lenton took an impressive diving catch to dismiss D’Arcy Short before showing great match awareness to run Ben McDermott out – and helping to put the Thunder in a dominant position early in the game.
Lenton’s enthusiasm behind the stumps is obvious, and something the keeper always looks to bring to the middle.
‘It is an extremely fun time of year, and a fun thing to be a part of,” said Lenton.
“It is a different kind of cricket, there’s so many people watching a domestic game.
“When you’re warming up there’s a massive buzz, it’s a lot of fun and I’m really enjoying it.
“I’ve approached my cricket the same way for most of my career, if you don’t go out there with a smile on your face I don’t think you’re going to come off with a smile on your face.
“I try to get out there full of energy with a smile on my face, it’s something that is pretty contagious whether you’re on or off the park.”
It’s not just Lenton’s persona and attitude that has won him fans, his efforts with the gloves have been well-recognized.
His turn-and-throw run out of Ben McDermott was praised by Australia’s greatest wicket-keeper/batsman Adam Gilchrist from the commentary box.
“It was Fawad’s first ball and I really switched on to see what McDermott was going to do,” said Lenton.
“The ball popped up, I pounced on it and out of the corner of my eye I saw George had run through and got stuck a little bit.
“I just grabbed it and threw it towards bowler’s end
“I didn’t know where it was going but luckily it ended up pretty close to Fawad and he took them off!”
Lenton’s biggest challenge comes this Saturday against many NSW team-mates when he plays his first Sydney Smash.
He believes the Thunder will go into the match full of confidence after back-to-back wins.
“We’ve got such a tight-knit group at the Thunder which is an amazing thing to have over such a short period of time,” said Lenton.
“All the boys are loving our time here and getting along well and from ball one and day one I think that’s been the same.
“A couple of results didn’t go our way earlier in the season but we’ve been on the other side of it for the last couple of games.
“Of course that is going to boost the mood a little bit and give us some momentum.”
The Thunder’s next match is a BBL/WBBL Sydney Smash double header on Saturday (January 14).
The Thunder take on the Sixers in back-to-back matches at the Sydney Cricket Ground, with the WBBL starting at 1:45pm and the BBL getting underway at 6:10pm