Full Name: Liam Michael Ward-Armstrong
Playing Role: Right arm fast medium / Left hand bat / wicket-keeping capabilities
Major Teams: Bayswater Morley CC (Perth, Western Australia)
Entry Route: Youth Mobility Visa
-Under 13’s premier coaching / under 15’s club coaching
– Under 18’s cricketing mentorship in sub-continent of SRI LANKA
-Won umpires votes (John Moore medal at Bayswater Morley) on first year of premier cricket
-Grand finalist at club cricket for Beechboro-Lockridge in 2007/2008
-Western Australian Cricket Association (WACA) T20 BLAST grand finalist played at state cricket ground (WACA)
-John Forrest Secondary College (my secondary education) Grand finalist for zones FIRST XI against Bellridge S.H.S and Player of the match with one direct hit (1) runout and 46 (runout)
-2 Weeks game and culture experience in SRI LANKA DURING April 2016 (sub-continent experience)
-Played alongside state under 19’s Josh Phillipe and Manuel Hunwick
-Mentored by W.A. state players Liam O’Conner and veteran Nathan Rimmington
-Bowling coaching from ex-state player Michael Thistle and Ex-Australian fast bowler Bruce Reid
Liam (WARDY) Ward-Armstrong is a proud Australian born cricketer. With his right arm fast medium and left hand conservative batting capabilities, he is seeking a stint away from home to add to his career accomplishments and cricketing knowledge. As a young 18 year old, currently working as a barista in the suburb of Bassendean, Western Australia, Liam is a young rising star in his local premier cricket club. Starting only his first season of premier cricket in the 2015/2016 season, he won the umpire votes (John Moore Medal of B.M.D.C.C) with a hefty 26 umpires votes over the season. Taking 24 wickets for the season, he was bobbling between an accomplished 3rd grade and 2nd grade cricket player throughout his season. Although his stats with the bat do not show, Liam’s batting capabilities are well beyond the number #10 spot of the batting order. His ability to manipulate the game with both bat and ball all spring from his numerous coaches over the years, from local coaches to ex-Australian fast bowlers such as Bruce Reid, who started his cricketing career at Bayswater Morley, and current states players for Western Australia like Liam O’Conner and Nathan Rimmington. Liam has been involved in some key cricketing moments during his career such as a T20 competition grand final held by the WACA and becoming the player of the match AND series against the rivalled school team of Bellridge in his final year of schooling. The first XI of John Forrest Secondary College is a high accolade amongst specialist schools in the area and he is proud to be a figure of that squad during 2015. Liam’s second year of Premier cricket has been what he would call “an absolute belter” in such that he has passed his last years total of wickets (24) in just the second match after the mid-season break, with hopefully many more to come. Liam also has experience playing cricket in the sub-continent of the cricket crazed country of Sri Lanka. Liam spent 2 and a half weeks in the country, playing a total of 8 games as the wicketkeeper-batsmen, taking a total of 8 catches, 4 stumpings and 2 runouts. Liam has taken a very thoughtful approach to his cricket, by not over working physical actions of the game at training and confusing himself, but taking a step back and being able to mentally image and understand his cricket. Being a team leader and the captain of his club cricket team has never been an issue, as his coaches and fellow teammates always have something to say and make learning captaincy much easier. Liam loves his cricket with a raging passion and has played cricket since the age of 8. 10 full seasons of cricket and plenty of experience in Australia.
2014 season- club cricket for Bayswater-Postels cricket club and under 17’s club cricket for Beechboro-Lockridge. Over 31 matches, I had a total of 591 runs, at a batting average of 21.9 batting #7 in both clubs. As a wicket keeper that year, I did not take many wickets (8) but copious amounts of catches and numerous stumpings with the gloves on. That year I also hit my highest total score of exactly 100 runs. This was a massive feat for my confidence as a cricket player and has done nothing but good for my personal game.
2015 season onwards- First year of premier cricket and first year of bowling pace. A total of 236 runs batting between #9 – #11 in the batting order. A sensational first year of bowling for me with 24 wickets at a bowling average of 18.38. although my batting average is displayed as 18.15, my batting capabilities are well beyond that amount. My best bowling figures that year season were 4/19 off of 15.1 overs. The season of 2016/2017 shows that I have hit only a measly 89 runs, although my bowling stats may impress with 28 wickets from 133 overs for a total of 474 runs so far in this season. My best figures have been 6/49, without failing to mention the following week I was promoted from third to second grade and took another 5 in a second innings dig after we had won.
My goals are to simply become the best cricketer I can become. I strive for excellence in everything I do, and my pure love for cricket magnifies that passion into the cricketer I have become. I would love to push my way through the rankings, and some day hope to be representing my state and country in good cricketing display. I also hope to be the cricketer people talk about and come to for advice on certain aspects of the game. Talking to cricketers of a high standard helps to push me forward and constantly improve my game. Overall I would like to take my cricketing career to the ultimate level and will constantly try my hardest to get there.
Statistics (last 3 years):
(Season) Mts Inns No Runs HS Ave
Bayswater Morley Premier 2015/2016 17 15 4 236 38 18.15
Bayswater Morley Premier 2016/2017 16 10 5 89 29* 17.8
(Season) Mts Overs Runs Wkts BB Ave
Bayswater Morley Premier 2015/2016 17 117 441 24 4/19 18.38
Bayswater Morley Premier 2016/2017 16 133 474 28 6/49 off 22 16.93
Justin Cantrill – Head coach of B.M.D.C.C and ex player
Craig Hampson – Assistant grade coach and ex player