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Collingwood helped calm my nerves: Beaton

Scorchers’ happy to finish on winning note says the batsman

The Perth Scorchers may not have qualified for the semi-finals but they did put up a determined performance to knock the Auckland Aces out of the tournament and finish CLT20 2012 on a winning note.

With two losses and a washed out game under their name, the Scorchers were playing for pride at the Supersport Park here. Still, they gave some of the other players who had not got a chance to take the field earlier in the tournament an opportunity to display their skills on the big stage. One of the players who made the most of this opportunity was Tom Beaton. The youngster who has also led the Australian Under-19 side contributed a valuable 22-run knock that helped his team post a competitive target.

Happy to be a part of the only win that the Scorchers registered on the tour, Beaton spoke about his innings and the CLT20 experience in a brief chat with clt20.com after the match.

Excerpts from his conversation:

On whether the Scorchers’ is a happy dressing room

Yes a lot.

On playing in his first game of the tournament and winning it

It was good to get a win on the board after the few games that we have had so far. It was a good game for us.

On his batting

It was a good experience, especially to be out there batting with Colly [Paul Collingwood], a good mate of mine. He helped soothe the nerves this being my first game. So, it was nice.

On what Collingwood spoke to him about

He just told me to keep playing my game and pick my areas and spoke to me about basic things that help settle the nerves; so it was good.

On the target his team had set

I think 140 was a very competitive score. But had we done a bit better with our batting we would have probably got 150-160 runs. But we are very happy with 140 and we were confident with the bowlers going in to defend to be able to get over the line and we did so.

On the CLT20 experience

Personally, it was a very good experience. I was fortunate to play one game but I have taken a lot out of it. It has been very good as a team. I have learnt a lot of things from a lot of players in the side who have a lot of experience.

On whether there was any pressure on him

Not really. I saw this as a good opportunity with nothing to lose. So, I went out there confident. I had prepared well.

On the role assigned to him

My role was to just go out there and play my game, which is to hit the ball hard and work the ones and twos around.

On his batting style

My natural game is to hit the ball hard and when required get the ones and twos and give the strike to the batsman at the other end if he has been going on well. If he is not, then I go for the runs. 

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