Former ACT junior’s World Cup dream

3 July 2019

The 2019 Cricket World Cup in England and Wales has been especially exciting for sports fans in the ACT, as a result of the bowling performances of Jason Behrendorff.

The left-arm speedster grew up in Canberra, playing junior cricket for Tuggeranong, and he has progressed to be one of the leading lights in the Australian team, which is striving for back-to-back wins in the prestigious tournament.

Although Jason’s domestic cricket allegiance has been to Western Australia for the past eight years, the impact he had in Canberra before relocating was significant.

His “delightful bloke” persona was typified by the support he provided for the Cricket ACT-Lord’s Taverners ACT tabletop cricket activity.

The Lord’s Taverners ACT can lay claim to giving Jason’s career a kick-start. His name is among the list of recipients of Graham Wilkinson Memorial Junior Taverners Awards – in 2007.

These awards, which are named in honour of the foundation President of the Lord’s Taverners ACT, are a scholarship program for local cricketers aged between 14 and 18 who show outstanding qualities, including ability, sportsmanship and general attitude to the game, both on and off the field.