Brendan Austin acknowledges his century.
Brendan Austin acknowledges his century. Alistair Brightman

Mindset is key to Austin's strong start

CRICKET: A relaxed demeanour and playing Australia's premier summer sport for fun has helped Brendan Austin emerge as one of the region's best batsmen.

Austin is the leading run-scorer in the Fraser Coast 40 Over Reserve Grade competition after seven rounds.

He has scored 292 runs in six innings, including one of only two centuries scored in senior competition this season.

Austin said there wasn't anything special about his 115-run knock against Bushrangers on November 17, an innings that included four sixes and 14 boundaries.

"I just took advantage of the bad balls, hit them to the fence when they were there, and I was just seeing the ball really well,” Austin said.

"I'm mainly using this year to relax while playing cricket.

"I think just by relaxing and enjoying the game more it's helped me score more runs.”

Austin will be a notable absence from Brothers Shamrocks' lineup when they face Bay Power at Newtown Oval No.3 today.

Tinana's Tyler Simpson, the competition's second-highest run-scorer with 258 runs in five innings, will have the chance to surpass Austin when his side takes on Bushrangers at Hauritz Oval, Hervey Bay. Craignish will play Mary River Mullets on Newtown Oval No.2.

In A-grade, Cavaliers face Bushrangers and Past Grammars take on Australs.