Women and Men (Down Under) Part Two
It is becoming an eventful November for Irish cricketers in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.
With places for the Wolves tour to Sri Lanka up for grabs, a number did their prospects no harm at all this week.
We start however with the bad news that Jack Tector suffered what looks like a serious knee injury in South Africa.
Serious enough for the player to return to Ireland straight away for an assessment rather than attempt rehabilitation in South Africa where he was being mentored by Adi Birrell and playing for Old Greys.
There was better news for his younger brother, as Harry Tector continues to impress in 2nd grade. Today, in a 50 over game, he top scored with 92 as his side prevailed over Sutherland.
After five games at this level, his average is 58.4. He must surely be among those who will be called up for the Wolves tour of Sri Lanka, and before then he will be hoping to break into the Randwick Petersham 1st XI.
Nathan Smith has been busy since our last roundup. Last Sunday, he took 2 wickets for 11 runs in his 4 overs, as his Northern District side lost out to Campbelltown-Camden in a T20 match.
On Saturday, he scored 14(11) with the bat and took 1-26 in his 5 overs, but again he was on the losing side, this time to Hawkesbury in a 50 over game.
Andy McBrine’s First Grade game against Rockingham-Mandurah continued today. Having struggled with the ball last week, he batted today at 3 for Midland-Guildford, and his 20 runs was the best return from their top four. While the middle order fared better, it wasn't to be their day.
Stuart Thompson continued where he left off last week. After scoring 84 runs in the previous week’s innings against Mount Lawley, he took 2-33 in his 12 overs to put his Wanneroo side well on top of their first grade game.
Aaron Gillespie’s Albury side struggled this week against a stronger Wodonga side. His 16 runs one of their top scores, as the were all out for 94, in response to 261/4 their opponents managed in their 50 overs. Gillespie bowled 4 overs in the first innings, going for 0-26.
Fionn Hand and Eoghan Delany will be pleased with today's game against Noble Park. Having dismissed their opponents for 129 (Hand taking 1-23 in 8 overs), their Preston side wobbled, with the top 3 going for a combined 14 runs.
Then came the Irish cavalry, with Delany (52*) and Hand (58*) steering them to victory. With Delany returning to Clontarf next season, perhaps we will see both feature in an expanded IP series, if the resources are found for this in 2019?
Leah Paul was again opening bat for Ringwood last Sunday, scoring 11 runs in their 1st grade game against Box Hill.
Sophie McMahon had a good day at the office for her Gordon club. Opening the bowling against Sydney in 1st grade, she took 2-40 in her 10 overs, before helping them over the line with 5*, batting at 5.
Slightly closer to home (and to our time-zone, so the last result I picked up!) in South African club cricket, Shane Getkate’s Rondebosch side had a 7 wicket victory over Milnerton today.
Getkate took 2-46, and with their opponents dismissed for 156 runs, he was not required to bat.
Many thanks to Conor Maguire who alerted us to Cormac McLoughlin-Gavin’s form in 1st grade for Lisarow-Ourimbah. He has averaged 25 in his first 3 games (top score of 58 in only his second game) and, as we go to press, he is halfway through his 4th game against Terrigal, and should bat next week at 2.
Finally, more news from New Zealand (via Alan Waite) where two young NCU players continue to impress.
James Metcalfe (50) and Jonathan Waite (45) played key roles as Otumoetai chased down 222 to beat the Greerton Sikh XI last weekend.
Many thanks again to those who filled in gaps in our coverage to date.
As before, if you have more information on any Irish player playing during our winter, we’d be very grateful if you contact me via Twitter, @dotski_w