White eyes off firsts title prize

THERE is only one thing missing from the resume of Lake Illawarra Cricket Club's outstanding all-rounder Kerrod White - a first grade premiership.

A former NSW under-17 and under-19 representative, White made a belated comeback to the Lakers' top grade side last year after what could have been career-ending wrist surgery, but failed to play enough games to qualify him for the semi-finals.

The Lakers then went on to complete a memorable season, winning the first grade premiership.

"I just love playing for the Lake - they are like brothers to me and we just play for each other," White said.

"I had a chance to go back to Sydney last season and again this year, but I told the Lakers that if everyone was having a real go at back-to-back titles I would give it my best shot and things have worked out pretty well so far."

White was a star in juniors and left the Lakers after spearheading his side to the premiership with a stunning century against Thirroul.

He was in the NSW under-17s at the time and was told that to be a chance of making the under-19s, he needed to be playing in Sydney.

However, over the next two seasons he struggled to make an impact, despite making a century in second grade, before an unexpected complication from wrist surgery almost ended his career.

"I was having problems with my wrist and had surgery on what everyone thought was carpel tunnel, but it turned out to be a benign tumour in my wrist," he said.

"I remember when I came out of surgery my whole family was standing around my bed - I wasn't really sure what was going on.

"I really didn't want to start playing in Sydney again after the injury.

"It's pointless playing somewhere if you are worried about being competitive, but when I came back to the Lake later last year my confidence returned and I am loving my cricket again."

The 2013-14 season has been one of incredible highlights for the likeable 20-year-old.

"I have relished the challenge of opening the batting, particularly forming a partnership with Tony McCabe.

"We have lots of fun and actually sledge each other a fair bit, but enjoy batting with each other."

To date White has notched more than 1000 runs this summer, boasting two scores of 196 among his five centuries.

"The first one was a not out in a one-day game against The Rail and I had no idea how many runs I was, but the second one against Shellharbour a few weeks ago was really disappointing as I was going so well but just played a bad shot.

"I was pretty shattered as I was so close to matching my brother Brendan in scoring a double century.

"But all these runs this season won't mean anything unless we win the competition."

As far as another crack in the Sydney competition is concerned, plans are already under way for a return, but he is pragmatic about what it means to him.

"I really don't want to be one of those guys who people say 'why didn't he go further?'

"It's mostly about time management with my work and cricket and I think I will be a much better player for it."

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