On Saturday night up the club celebrated the fact that we have 3 young guys heading out to Australia this winter to continue their cricketing careers.

Home grown players, Curtis James Howell & Glen Bridson are heading down under to show off the talent within our club whilst this seasons Australian overseas, Liam Freeman, is returning to his local club Coomealla Wentworth Cricket Club.

All 3 players have had fantastic seasons here with the horses.

Our Vice Captain, Curtis ‘Big Cheese’ Howell is undertaking his first trip down under and will be playing his cricket for Yallourn North Cricket Club, who are based around 80 miles South East of Melbourne.

Curtis performed in all aspects this season. He finished as the 4th highest wicket taker in the league with 37 wickets at an average of 16.3. In all competitions he took the most senior wickets at the club this year with 48 wickets. Curtis contributed with the bat on a fair few occasions scoring 266 runs at an average of 22 in the league. On top of this, Curtis took the joint most fielding dismissals in the league as he took 10 catches and 1 run out.

Amongst taking wickets and scoring runs a key job for Curtis over the winter will be taking care of young Finley who will also be having his first trip to Australasia. Here is an article posted in their local press recently relating to Curtis’s arrival:-

Glen is returning to Nichols Point Cricket Club where he took the most wicket keeping dismissals in the league last winter.
This season, Glen built on this achievement by storming this accomplishment this summer as he took 22 league dismissals with 17 catches and 5 stumpings (14 dismissals was second highest). Glen was also Findon’s highest run scorer in senior cricket and finished up as the 12th highest run scorer in the league with 456 runs at an average of 32.6. His stand out performance came against Worthing where he hit 89 off 75 balls, followed by 2 splendid catches to ensure Findon won by just 7 runs.

Nichols Point are based in New South Wales around 200 miles east of Adelaide. I’m sure they will be happy to see ‘Brido’ returning to bleed Green and Gold.

Finally we say farewell to our Aussie, Liam Freeman who has had a tremendous season for the Horses. Liam will be returning to his boyhood club Coomealla Wentworth where he will again be facing up against Glen as they play in the same league.

After coming over as a ‘batsman who can bowl a bit’, Liam took 40 league wickets, including three 5 wicket hauls, at an average of 14.1 making him the 3rd highest wicket taker in the league. With the bat, Liam started well on many occasions, however struggled to convert into big scores as he scored 238 runs at an average of 18.3. Liam took 9 catches in the league.

Liam is a cracking bloke, being popular with everyone within our club and we wish him the best of luck in the future. We hope Liam will be interested in returning to the Horses next summer.

We wish the best of luck to the 3 of you (and Finley) on your efforts down under!