We have two new UK players (and one already here), plus six of our current players and one new player all plying their wares in England and further abroad. Thus we have been watching the individual performances and stats with great interest to see how they've performed and represented our club back here.
1) Will Smith is returning to Gordon as our new marquee player. In 2014-15 he won the player of the year for Hampshire County scoring 1187 runs @ 52. So far this season he has scored 755 @ 38 in 1st class games, plus 133 @ 44 in one dayers and taken 13w @ 28 in T20 matches.
In excellent touch in the UK and looking forward to Will adding that vital 1st class experience for GDCC – arrives around 4th Oct, in time for the T20 2nd round.
2) Chad Soper was given the wonderful honour of being selected for the PNG side to play in the World Cup qualifying tournament in the Netherlands, Ireland and the UK during July - where the top 6 qualified. PNG won all of their games, including the historic win over Ireland and would have qualified if they hadn’t lost to the USA in the very last game. They finished 7th and what a trip for Chad who was the new kid on the block.
He played in 3 of the 5 qualifying games, plus two T20’s to finish with a credible batting av of 18 and took 5w @ 25. What an experience for Chadley and this should augur well for his return to GDCC grade this season – now back in Aus and at the nets.
3) Dan Smith has had a bumper season in the UK, playing cricket on most days of the week for Canterbury CC 1st XI and for the Kent County 2nd XI. The really positive take on Dan’s sojourn, is that he has had more success in the better class cricket for Kent, where he has played at least 24 - 2nd XI games - 9 for the Championship side, 4 for the Trophy side, 7 for the T20 side and 4 in miscellaneous Academy sides.
One highlight performance was the 2nd XI game against Middlesex, where coming in at No. 7 and the side reeling at 5-85, he scored a brilliant 109no with 17 fours to steer them to an unlikely win. His best bowling was 4-45 against Glamorgan. In total in England, he has taken approximately 55 wickets and scored nearly 800 runs and that is a superb effort for this talented all-rounder.
In the Canterbury Club 1st XI Dan has played 21 matches, taken 24w @ 38 with a best of 5-29 and scored 367 runs @ 28 with a best of 148no. Dan will return to Aus on Mon 7th Sept, practice with the Club, then has a great honour in playing for the Philippines in Hong Kong for 3 days over the weekend of the 18-20th Sept - then back for Round 1 of grade. Congratulations Smithy on a magnificent off-season.
4) Charlie Stobo is another that has being really utilising his off season to great advantage and bowling heaps of overs. The biggest bonus here is that Charlie is totally injury free which augurs well for his return to grade. He was picked to play some games for Durham 2nd XI and is apparently really utilising his mid-week time gaining much experience at Durham.
His club is the Newcastle CC 1st XI where he has played 25 games, taking 24w @ 22 off 163 overs, with a best of 4-29, as well as scoring 226 runs @ 12. We should see a more complete bowler that will capitalise on this excellent experience. Charlie returns on Tues 22nd Sept, ready to play Round 1 on the 26th.
5) Will Calov is doing his UK gap year and after a late start has had a magnificent stint with Clitheroe CC 1st XI. Will has only played 10 games, yet taken 26 wickets @ only 13.5 off 87 overs. Included in those wickets was a 7-25 haul, plus a 6-54 and a 5-52. He has also scored 112 runs @ 28 with a top score of 61. He is now having back problems and will rest for a few weeks. Will returns on the 15th Dec and we are then looking forward to this really promising youngster bolstering our grade ranks.
6) Jack Colley is unfortunately having a rather ordinary season for Hasting and St Leonards CC (Josh Poysden’s Club). He has scored 256 runs @ 16 with two top scores of 41. In typical Jack fashion he has hit 26 fours and 5 sixes. With a 41 last Sat, perhaps we will witness a big finish to his season for this highly talented bat. He will be back in the week before Round 1.
7) Harry Middlebrook is another on his Gap year and is having a brilliant season for Brighton & Hove CC, having played 21 games (15 in 3rd XI). He has taken 38 wickets at only 16 off 154 overs (best 4-13) and scored 506 runs @ 32 (top 89no). Harry is carrying on the Barker tradition at Brighton, following in the footsteps of Hamish Angus and Andrew Crosland plus Jules Stephenson. Harry will also return late Dec and we eagerly await his return.
8) Glenn Bridson is one of the UK cricketers that Andrew Crosland organised. Glenn is a wicket keeping top order bat who plays for Findon CC 1st X1 and so far has already scored 580 runs @ 25 from 26 matches, plus taken 18 catches and 4 stumpings. Glenn will be here prior to Round 1 where he will join his club mate Jack Metters, now based in Sydney, an opening bat.