A shocking hamstring injury to Mitch Marsh gave 21 year old Hilton Cartwright his shot in the Western Warriors’ squad. Although his career might still be very young, there have been a number of signs that indicate he is a talent of the future.
The all-rounder debuted for the Warriors in the Ryobi Cup clash with the Victoria Bushrangers at the MCG. In a badly beaten side, Cartwright managed to pick up his side’s only wicket; that of Ashes squad member Chris Rogers.
Cartwright has gone on to play in six Ryobi Cup matches for the Warriors. While he hasn’t done anything extraordinary just yet, the talented youngster impressed most pundits with a controlled spell of 2/14 against NSW at the SCG.
The 21 year old made his Bupa Sheffield Shield debut against the same opponent at Blacktown Oval a week earlier, where he was tragically run out without scoring. He dug deep in the second innings, grinding his way to a solid 29 off 96 deliveries.
Cartwright has featured in three T20 matches for the Perth Scorchers in the BBL. He couldn’t have asked for a more daunting debut, and he endured a harsh baptism of fire against Lasith Malinga and the Melbourne Stars. The Sri Lankan superstar tore through the Perth line-up, finishing with 6/7 from his four overs. Cartwright can at least hold his head high as he top scored with 17 off 16 balls, before inevitably falling to the afro-wielding assassin.
He went on to take two wickets in his next match against the Sydney Thunder, before taking 0/18 against the Brisbane Strikers in a rain affected match at the Gabba.
Cartwright is still very young and will gain a lot of experience under the tutelage of Justin Langer. With a stack of Australian players in the WA squad, Cartwright is well placed to take his game to the next level in coming seasons.