Great season for talented all-rounder

PAT Jackson had always shown plenty of potential in the Sydney first grade cricket competition, but 2013/14 proved to be his breakthrough year.

The 30-year-old did it with bat and ball all season, playing in integral part in Penrith's second-place finish after the home-and-away season.

In 2013/14 Jackson plundered 603 runs in the top grade, including one century and three half centuries, at an average of 37.69.

With the ball he was even better, snaring 38 wickets with his left-arm orthodox spin at an average of just 17.08.

His feats on the cricket field not only earned him the Senior Sports Star award for the month of March from the Penrith Valley Sports Foundation, but the coveted O'Reilly Medal as Sydney first grade player of the year.

Jackson put his season down to a better mental approach to the game.

"It's hard to measure how much I've improved, but having a lot of patience has helped," he said.

"The season is always a tough one but you've just got to focus.

"My batting definitely got a lot better. It was just about patience and practice.

"I've just been more relaxed and focused."

Jackson's top form also earned him selection in the NSW Seconds as an all-rounder.

He said the team culture at Penrith had improved dramatically in the past 12 months, which aided him on the field.

"We stuck together as a team this year which we haven't really in the past and that definitely helped.

"The atmosphere was a lot better."

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