Final update from Tony for our UK tourists
With our English tourists returning from their winters in the UK, Tony Wilson wrote a final summary during the week, but then couldnt resist and update from their final performances. So the first part is as at 28th August for each player, followed by a quick review from Saturday 1st September performances.
Our tourists are only one more game away before they return to our shores. I believe that all of them are going to return as superior cricketers for their UK experience. They have performed brilliantly and I am sure they will all show us this rapid improvement in Sydney grade. Here is a a summary.
Nick Miller at Holmesdale CC in the Kent Division One League:
Nick has had an excellent experience at Holmesdale despite the problem with his back. It has restricted his bowling since end June and he will have the necessary scans on his return. Despite this and being the typical Club man that we all know he is, he has still scored 398 runs@27 in only 17 innings with 29 fours and 5 sixes. This did not include his massive 156no in a friendly. In his early bowling he took 13w@24 off 69 overs. A fit Nick will have a big impact on our Club this season and we all remember his excellent debut 1st grade game v Saints last season. He apparently has settled into the UK social scene rather well and although (as you all know) I am not one to gossip, there are unconfirmed reports that he may bring back (or will be visited by) some of the fruits of his labour at some stage this season.
Final update from weekendNick Miller: Scored 35 on Sat, which takes him to 435r@27 plus 156no in a friendly - for a total of 591. Come back soon Nick and get that back sorted out.
Ryan Meppem (19yo) at North Petherton CC in the Somerset West England League:This young man has had an excellent all-round performance for his UK Club. He scored 622 runs @ 26 in 26 innings with a top of 83. Ryan also took 37w@19, which was 22% of his teams wickets with a best of 4-18 and 4-22. It was noticeable when given a good early bowl, the wickets mounted. Thus what a tremendous experience and confidence booster this will be for Ryan on his return to Gordon – really well done.
Final update from weekendQuiet day on Sat with 2-72 and 2 runs and has now finished his season with 625r@25 and has taken 39w@20 and that is a fabulous all-round performance.
Cameron New at Worthing CC in the Sussex League:A really memorable season for Cameron who opened for a team that won only 3 matches. He scored a wonderful 725 runs @ the top av of 40 in 22 innings. During these knocks he hit a massive 100 fours and 10 sixes, scoring 19% of his teams runs. We won’t talk about his leggies at this stage. Another player who apparently really enjoyed the social UK scene, or so I am told on Facebook. What a great experience for Cam and a perfect forerunner for Gordon grade this coming season.
Final update from weekend
37 runs on Sat has taken his season total to 762r@40. This is a magnificent effort from Cam and includes an incredible stat of 104 fours and 11 sixes – which equates to 482 runs in boundaries. I think Cam you had better meet up with Millsy and Shooter to look after them before you return.
Daniel Chillingworth at Stokesley CC in the North Yorkshire/South Durham Central League.
This 18yo youngster has had a sensational season in the UK. How many times do you hear that leggies always struggle in English conditions. Before the left-arm nothings point out, I realise that it was an unusually dry Summer over there. However Dan took an incredible 53 wickets at the amazing av of only 14, off 221 overs and this was 27% of his teams wickets. He took two 5 wicket hauls including a 5-36 off 15 overs. He also managed to score 298 runs @ 15 in 23 innings. Yes I am excited to hear about a young leggie securing so many wickets in the UK and can’t wait to watch him on his return. Dan will play for his Newcastle club this season however will be playing in all our PG games – bring it on.
Final Update from weekend
Dan Chillingworth: Took 4-47 off 15 overs of leggies on Sat to bring his seasons total bag to 57 wickets @ only 14. He then scored 51 runs for a total of 349@17. I am sorry but I will keep saying what a magnificent effort from this exciting youngster – bring him down soon to Gordon please Thommo.
Fraser Wilson at Rowledge CC in the Hampshire Southern Premier League:This really talented youngster had a frustrating wait to have a regular hit, due to early washouts. Then in only 17 innings he still managed to score 353 runs @ 21 with an excellent 45 fours and 6 sixes and a top score of 66. This experience will do wonders for him and the very interesting aspect is that he has kept wickets for the second part of the season. This could be very useful for his return to grade as apparently he kept for reps in the U15/16’s. Of course my lips must be sealed, however I have heard from a very reliable source (no not Facebook), that Fraser has done a Nick Miller over there and really enjoyed the UK social life – enough said and so he should enjoy life as an 18yo.
Final Update from weekend
Wow what an innings from Shooter on Sat, scoring 119 off only 128 balls with 16 fours and 2 sixes - plus 2 caught behinds with the gloves. That now takes him to 472r @ 26 hitting 61 fours and 8 sixes. If we include the 30 runs that he scored for the Pres X1, he then moves to that much sought after 500 run season milestone. What chance did this poor youngster have when christened Shooter as a middle name at birth. There is a strong rumour from a very reliable source, that Millsy was on the phone last night to organise a break out on the social side to celebrate the ton and get very loose within this week. Remember you are taken Shooter and have attached a shot just in case you forget.