Another season has begun in Australia, with some leagues kicking off this weekend and a few the weekend before, and so it’s time for another season of Women and Men Down Under (WAMDU) …
In previous years there were a number of full international players sent over in the October-December period, however with this year’s T20Qs (and the Oman tournament) this looks like it will be less of a feature this year.
Stephen Doheny (Randwick Petersham) was one of the first out of the traps last week, batting at 5 for their 2nd grade side vs Western Suburbs. Unfortunately, he was run out before even facing a ball, as his side lost the 50-over contest by 91 runs.
This weekend, they started a two-day game against Sydney University, and dismissed their opponents for 129 runs, with their young Rushian taking a catch and running out another batsman. At close of play, their openers had put on 79/0, and with day two scheduled for next Saturday, Doheny will have to wait until his third weekend to actually face a ball. One imagines he’s champing at the bit.
His Rush team mate Neil Rock hadn’t the greatest debut either, playing for Mount Lawley’s 2nd Grade side vs Gosnells, as he was one of 4 ducks in their top 6, his side dismissed for 100 runs. Gosnell’s batsmen also struggled, but eventually ran out winners by 3 wickets, with Rock (who was keeping wicket) taking two catches.
Ross Allen returned has returned to Centrals where he had a very successful season last year, and took 2-22 (and a catch) in their A Grade game against Jeeralang-Boolarra, who they dismissed for 180. He had less luck with the bat, however, and completes an unfortunate trio of Irish ducks, as his side were bowled for 169 in 45.3 overs.
Oliver Gunning played for Camberwell Magpies in the Victorian Premier First Grade on Saturday. The former YMCA/Munster Reds player batted at 3, and scored 15 off 30 balls, as his side chased down a target of 256 with a ball to spare in their 50 over game.
We have also been informed that 3 young NCU lads from Carrickfergus are playing for Tarndale CC in Hawles Bay, New Zealand, namely Max Burton, Harry Warke and Robbie Moffett (all pictured). They all contributed to and overall win in the inaugural Lake Taupo T20 tournament last weekend, and this week were playing in the Hawles Bay CA T20 tournament. The team had mixed fortunes winning 1 and losing 2. Harry scored 31 runs over 3 games, while Max scored 17 runs in 2 inns and had bowling figures of 2-0-9-0 and 2-0-19-0 and a catch. The New 40 over competition starts this weekend.
And finally, in other news, James McCollum is reportedly in South Africa for coaching over the winter. Given he isn’t in the T20 squad but a vital part of the squad in the longer format, this hopefully will pay dividends in ensuring he can hit the ground running early in the new year.
So all in all a short report this week – again please feel free to contact me via twitter (@dotski_w) with additional information, I’m sure there’s more players out there that we’ve not tracked down yet.