Grassmere cricketer Braden Hotker ready to take on Panmure in today’s semi-final.MATESHIP is what led Braden Hotker back to Grassmere Cricket Club, with his return starting off with a muck around season with friends.
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But the young all-rounder has approached 2011-12 more seriously, with his commitment contributing to the Meerkats climbing the ladder.

While Hotker had fun with friends in B grade last season, Grassmere languished towards the bottom of the A grade ladder, eventually finishing seventh.

“A lot of us didn’t play A grade last year, we played B grade,” he said.

“It was a bit of a muck around year with mates.

“(This season) I think we’ve had more commitment from the players and everyone’s there wanting to win.”

The 19-year-old’s cricket career has consisted of stints at Nestles and Grassmere. He has been involved in four under 16 premierships with the Meerkats, both in one-day and two-day.

He will add to his finals resume this weekend, when the Meerkats take on Panmure in a Grassmere Cricket Association (GCA) semi-final.

The electrician said Grassmere did not enter this season with high hopes.

“We really just wanted to improve on last year because we didn’t go too well then, obviously,” he said.

“To make finals was a bonus.”

It has been a memorable season with the bat for Hotker, scoring centuries in rounds eight and 11.

“I was quite surprised, actually, because my form before them wasn’t that great,” he said of his tons.

“I’ve probably just trained a bit more and I’m not trying to hit every ball for six.

“I’m playing my shots.”

He is expected to bat at number four in this weekend’s semi-final against the Bulldogs.

“I just want to try and stay out there and try and build a few partnerships and get the runs,” he said.

The opening bowler, who has collected 18 wickets in 2011-12, said the Bulldogs were the firm favourite to advance to the grand final.

“Considering they made 360 against us last game, they definitely are (favourite),” he said of the defending champions.

“They’re a really good batting side.

“They can bat right down to number 11 and they’re a good bowling side as well.

“(Being underdogs) could work to our advantage, hopefully, but we’ll have to wait and see.”

In the other A grade semi-final, Killarney will host Hawkesdale.

Due to the long weekend, both GCA semi-finals are scheduled for today and Monday.

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