Over the off-season, some of our club favourites have been displaying their skills internationally to further develop their personal understanding and experience of our great game.
Demon All Rounder Hannah Short has never been shy of a challenge, and this winter she finds herself in Scotland playing for the Livingston Cricket Club in their men’s first XI team. With the best bowling figures of 2/16 and a highest score of 29, Short has cemented her spot as the clubs first change bowler, and the number three batting position.
“Scottish wickets have really tested my batting with timing and shot selection. Bowling wise, I have put emphasis on getting the ball in the right places and adding more variations so that I’m not so predictable,” said Short.
Part of Short’s role has been to raise the profile of women’s cricket in Scotland, and she admits that it has been a challenge.
“There isn’t much women’s cricket here, and part of my role has been to work with Cricket Scotland on new programs to start getting girls interested in playing.”
North Hobart Cricket Club and Tasmanian Tigers opening batsman Caleb Jewell has been representing the VOC Rotterdam Cricket Club as a top order batsman. Although he has now returned back to Tasmania, Jewell’s highest score in Holland was a classy 103.
“It was good to play in different conditions and to see how other people go about playing in those conditions,” Jewell said.
“Hopefully I can bring that back home with me and be more calculated with my play.”
It seems as though our left-handed top order batsmen are all exploring the world. North Hobart Cricket Club All Rounder Kyle ‘Scrim’ Scrimegour has been the go-to option with both bat and ball for the Greenock Cricket Club in the West of Scotland Premier League.
Batting at three and bowling first change, Scrimegour has impressed with a high score of 66 with the willow in hand and is the leading wicket taker in the league with the personal best bowling figures of 4/16 against Kelburne.
Scrimegour says that, “The main thing that I have learnt is batting on a slow wicket, which is very valuable in my personal growth as a batsman.”
Riley Batchelor has been exploring England playing for the Sherwood Colliery Cricket Club who are currently placed third on the ladder.
Batchelor is showing his class with multiple 5 wicket halls, and has proved that he is more than capable with the bat through smashing and unbeaten 80 earlier in the season.
As previously mentioned, Jewell has returned to Tasmania, Short will return to Hobart later this month, as will Scrimegour and Batchelor.