TORONTO Workers’ Jonty Durrheim lives and breathes cricket.
Unlike many 19-year-olds, he is not simply interested in compiling runs and taking wickets.
Durrheim wants to help develop the sport.
During the pre-season he worked as a coach with the newly launched Toronto cricket academy, which was an eight-week program for 13 to 16-year-olds.
He has also assisted in the Hunter Academy of Sport’s cricket program.
‘‘We’ve had some good players come through there and it’s just exciting to see the enthusiasm in the junior program,’’ Durrheim said.
‘‘It’s been one of the key things at Toronto that got me over there in the first place.
‘‘Some of those boys are now playing third and fourth grade for the club, so it’s exciting for the future of Toronto.’’
His own cricket is also starting to progress.
Durrheim was named last week in the 13-man Newcastle Colts squad for the NSW championships in Wollongong from January 26-28.
Last season Newcastle’s three-year dominance of the under-21 tournament ended when they were defeated by eventual winners Southern in the second round.
With captain and wicketkeeper Jeff Goninan (Stockton) and senior rep frontline spinner Ben Evans (Charlestown) in the side, Durrheim expects Newcastle to bounce back immediately.
‘‘I think the pedigree is there and we have the talent coming through,’’ he said.
‘‘It’s not only the under 21s, even with guys like 17-year-old Ben Evans there’s so much potential there for the future as well.’’
Durrheim is still searching for that breakthrough innings, but he has become one of the most promising prospects in Toronto’s youthful line-up, scoring 217 runs at 24.11 and taking seven wickets at 23.57.
‘‘Last season I didn’t play the entire season because of the HSC, so this season I’ve been able to kick on to a new level,’’ Durrheim said.
Toronto also appear to be ready to turn the corner.
Last Saturday the Kookaburras defeated top-four club Western Suburbs in a Twenty20 match.
What made the victory even sweeter was Toronto were without captain and talisman Joe Price.
‘‘We’re starting to get some good results under our belt. I think it’s a matter of time and by the end of the season I think we can get to sixth position hopefully,’’ Durrheim said.
Jonty Durrheim has been picked by Newcastle Colts. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers