He’s faced Mitchell Starc in the nets, batted No.3 for Sydney Thunder and competed in the U/19 World Cup.
And they’ve long known at Manly Warringah DCC that the boy can bat.
But nothing prepared 22-year-old North Curl Curl local Oliver Davies for walking out to face the West Indies Test bowling attack in Canberra on Saturday.
And then he smashed 115 off 106 balls.
“I didn’t have expectations going in,” Davies said. “I just went out and played my shots and it went okay.”
That it did.