As an indication of Maiolo’s growth as a batter, the 92 runs he scored during his side’s Round 8 clash against Willetton eclipsed his entire 2016-17 season’s score at University by three runs.
The 23-year-old’s form has turned around dramatically since heading to Scarborough at the beginning of this season.
“I just felt like a change,” Maiolo said.
“I wanted to improve my game a lot more and I felt like I could do that at Scarborough.”
After scoring just 89 runs last season at University, Maiolo worked feverishly during the off-season and pre-season to fix both physical and mental sides of his game.
“I worked pretty hard on my technique,” he said.
“Mentally I think I’ve improved a lot too, last year I felt like I would come out and think more about survival, whereas this year I’ve been thinking more about how to score.”
Currently sitting 50 runs clear of the next closest batter, the typically modest Maiolo believes he is ‘nothing special’ compared to any of the other batters in the league.
“I don’t think I’m anything special compared to others, really,” he said.
“I feel like I’ve improved my technique a lot since last season, I’ve become more attacking and changed my game style quite a lot.
“I think I’ve really worked hard on backing myself, backing my ability and my instincts to pick the right shots, so it’s been going well so far.”
Perhaps making Maiolo’s scoring all the more notable, Scarborough have struggled for momentum so far this season, sitting in 15th position with one win so far.
“We’re working on avoiding losing wickets in clumps, which has been quite frequent so far this season,” he said.
“We are trying to find line and length consistently with the ball but still struggling a bit with the bat.
“We made 370 with the bat in our first innings against Willetton, which was a good start, but just being more consistent as a team is what we’re working really hard to fix.”
However, on a personal note, Maiolo is looking to continue enjoying his cricket for the remainder of the season, in the hopes that the hard work will pay off for Scarborough as it did for him.
“I’m just enjoying playing cricket at the moment,” he said.
“I love playing at Scarborough, I love the team, they’re a terrific bunch of guys.
“I’m just trying to score as many runs as I can for the team and be as consistent as I can with the bat and ball.”
Scarborough’s Round 8 two-day clash against Willetton resumes on Saturday December 16 at 11:40am at Burrendah Reserve 1.