The following is an update of our overseas players as at June 20.The update includes a question on how they were enjoying their overseas experience in the and how it compares with home, particularly the practice sessions..
Nick Miller (21yo) at Holmesdale CC in the Kent Division One League:
Saturdays match was a loss after Holmesdale were bowled out for 180 (Nick scored 22) and in return they passed them 5 down. Nick didn’t get amongst the wickets this match and has now bowled 57 overs taking 9w @ 30 and hopefully not too many problems with his fitness. They have won 5 games and lost 2.
He answered the email re his experience in the UK as follows: “The experience overall has been brilliant so far. All the people at the club have been great and we have a fairly handy team on the field. Pitches being much slower and fields smaller have been a different challenge with both bat and ball. The training culture is much different as well, not many people can get back for training so it's not ideal as far as getting in form is concerned.
The socials have been great, much better as all venues are far more lenient on behaviour than in Sydney”.NB: Have attached a photo of Nick in his UK gear – perhaps enjoying these ‘socials’ a little – as he should.
Ryan Meppem (19yo) at North Petherton CC in the Somerset West England League:
Petherton had a 9-wicket loss on Sat moving to 6th on the ladder. Ryan took the only wicket to fall taking 1-21 off his 10 overs (3 maidens) of obviously tight bowling. He has now bowled 80 overs with 12w @ 26 and good to see he is at last getting a good regular bowl. Scored only 5 runs however has an excellent 412 runs at 38av in 12 games to date (has scored 5 x 50’s). His email reply as follows: “Playing cricket in the UK so far has been a good experience and a lot of fun. Conditions are a lot different over here compared to Sydney especially the moving ball and the variety of pitches.
My time so far with North Petherton CC has been very enjoyable. Having played a full season before the Sydney grade competition starts back up again will hopefully benefit me. Gordon could buy and use the same quick and easy covers that North Petherton have. Gordon trainings are great the way they are and I don’t think I’ve seen anything we could adopt back home. Club activities have been similar so I don’t think we can improve our social activities”.
Cameron New (23yo)at Worthing CC in the Sussex League:
Cam scored a brilliant 103 (14 fours and 1 six) on Sat to take his side to 9-246 after 53 overs - only to see them draw the game. Cam now has 333 runs @ 41.6 av, which is a superb effort, opening up in a team that has not won a game so far. His email reply as follows: “I'm absolutely loving it over in England! The whole experience has been a great success thus far. I couldn't be more thankful to the club for the way they've accepted me into the fold. They've made the transition to UK life very smooth. I'm playing with a great group of lads, and while some of the results have been frustrating; there's plenty of promising performances going forwards.
I've really enjoyed playing in different conditions to back home and experiencing some T20 fixtures. I've had the pleasure of being involved with coaching both the boys and girl’s juniors programs and assisting with the ECB All stars (their version of Milo In2Cricket) when we have home fixtures. It's been great seeing some of the 1st team getting involved with the juniors either in training or coaching and shows the strength of the club culture here. Looking forward to a few more months here before heading back to Chatty to face Vickers at half-dark on a green top from 17 yards, and with an old white ball”.
Daniel Chillingworth (18yo) at Stokesley CC in the North Yorkshire/South Durham Central League.
Despite being washed out after only 46 overs on Sat (Dan 7no), this youngster has had a fabulous intro to UK cricket taking 23w (best 5-36) at only 12.5 av off 96 overs - which is 26% of his team wickets. He has also chipped in for 134r @ 19. Stokesley is running 5th and has only lost 2 of their 9 League games in the ECB Premier Division.
This is a magnificent effort for an 18yo and who said leggies can’t get wickets in English conditions – good ones can. He replied to the email as follows: “Cricket in the UK has been exciting. There aren’t too many hard and bouncy wickets over here, and the ball moves both in the air and off the wicket a lot more than it does back home. Settling in has been easy with all the boys having similar interests and love a good laugh. This trip was all about gaining experience in some different conditions which will help in the near future”.
Fraser Wilson (18yo) at Rowledge CC in the Hampshire Southern Premier League:After scoring 50 in his first knock on UK soil, this really promising youngster has had only 4 bats since, due to rain affected games. Very frustrating for him and was out for 16 last Saturday. Thankfully the team has had only 1 loss and are in the top 2 on the table. Fraser answered the email query as follows: “I’ve had a unique but enjoyable experience over here in the UK. I’ve really enjoyed making new mates and learning how they go about their cricket. Luckily arrived 2 weeks before the season start which gave me time to practice against the swinging ball.
Will continue to update the progress as their season progresses,