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AJ in Australia – Final thank you

I’m now back on UK soil after an amazing seven months playing cricket and working in Australia!

I had couple weeks catching up with family and friends, where I got to belatedly celebrate my Birthday, Christmas and Easter all in one day!

I’m grateful to now be back working for Ladbrook Manufacturing again as an operator, working on lots of different projects and it is going well.

My ‘UK’ Cricket season has started and this season, after being asked to join, I signed to play for Bradfield Cricket Club. I already have past history with the club as this is where I first started and got my love for cricket! All is going well, and I’m getting to open the batting and bowling and my highest run score so far is 114 not out with total runs of 351 for the season to date, and I’ve taken 22 wickets.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Ladbrook Manufacturing for their kind generosity of sponsorship, enabling me to pursue my cricket career in Australia.

I would also like to thank you, the readers, for taking an interest in reading my Blog and following my seven months in Australia .

Thank you all.

AJ

AJ in Australia – March Report

I only now have 2 weeks left in sunny Oz.

Last week we had our semi final game against A Grade side Ex Students CC, the match was played over 2 days – Saturday and Sunday – we won the toss and batted first, unfortunately we only got 171 runs with the highest score being 72.

On the Sunday we gave it our all in the field but some unfortunate dropped catches meant it just wasn’t going to be our day. Ex Students won the game comfortably. In the subsequent final they lost to a strong Glengarry side, so I’d like to say a huge congratulations to Glengarry Cricket Club on a great season,  well done fellas!

Our club’s B and C Grade sides both won their semi-finals. B Grade side losing in a thrilling final with the very last ball of the game, and C Grade falling short by 30 runs.

All 3 teams gave a great effort in their matches and it was fantastic to have so much support from family, friends and supporter’s, there was a great spirit all around the club.

This coming weekend we our presentation evening it will be so good to see everyone at the ground over a few drinks or 2! As the following weekend I will be getting ready to fly back home and to start my cricket season  with Cromer.

I only have 10 more days at work, I’m currently working in a town called Warragul, days can be long when the temperature is in high 30’s and Australia’s strict health and safety regulations mean we have to wear hi-vis long sleeves top and long work trousers! At the end of a hot day its shorts, flip flops and a cold beer around a pool!! Lets hope I can bring the good weather back with me to the UK!!

GdDay for now! catch up with you for my last blog in 2 weeks time
AJ

AJ in Australia – February Update

It’s now February, my time here is going so quickly. Im still working hard for a tiling company and at the moment our contract is at a RAF base where the days are 12 hours long to get the job done and completed.  I’m tiling kitchen bathrooms and laying floors hard graft but lots of good experience to take back home with me.

Still cricket training 2 hours twice a week Tuesday and Thursday in preparation for the weekend games ahead.

We had a fabulous day when we played Australia v World 11. This was a great day two teams made up of select 11 Overseas players and 11 Australians from the league. Of course the overseas won!! And I took a wicket!! We all had a great day and was good to catch up with all the overseas from different parts of the UK and to see how everyone else is doing.

The weather in Victoria is a bit like home – very unpredictable – some days in the 40’s and very dry heat and then other days with extremely heavy storms which has led to us having games called off.

Last week the game was called off but we both took 3 points from this which now means we are 3rd in the league, Win, loose or draw we will now still finish 3rd, which is great results for Centrals and represents the highest position they have been for a few seasons. Must be the luck of their English overseas!!!

We have one more league game left over the next two weekends and by finishing 3rd in the table we are now guaranteed a semi final place.

Will keep you posted over the next coming weeks as my time here is coming to a close, only six weeks left in this beautiful country of which everyone has made me so welcome.
AJ

AJ in Australia – Christmas Report

After finishing the season for our Christmas Break, we (Central Lions) are currently 3rd in the league table.

It’s Christmas holidays now in Australia, and we have 4 weeks off from cricket. I will be staying with our Cricket Club Captain, Dylan, and his family, as will our other overseas player, Dave, who is also English and from Cornwall.

Dylans parents live in Newland Arm, a beautiful house overlooking the lakes, they own 2 boats and a jet-ski, so we have been out on the water everyday, either jet-skiing or fishing, enjoying the high temperature of 43 degrees!

We went out on the boat to see Pelican Island, it was amazing to see the views and the pelicans flying over the water.

We went into Melbourne to watch a days play of the Australia versus India Test Match, it was good to be back at the ground again. We got to see the Australian players having a coaching session and practising before the match. Unfortunately, we only stayed for a few hours, as play was stopped due to heavy rain. I have enclosed a photograph of the train station in Melbourne, as I was impressed by the building and its architecture.

Christmas Day was very different for me this year, we all sat outside for lunch, looking over the lake, in sweltering heat, enjoying lots of different fish dishes, including oysters and octopus, and obviously had a few cold beers. It is Australia after all! In the evening we sat around an open fire playing games with all of Dylans family. Dylans parents really looked after me, including buying me presents, funny Australian keepsakes, from a toy Kangaroo to Australian flag pyjamas!

Last weekend, Saturday 10th January, we were due to have a first Cricket match since the Christmas break, but this was rained off, as we have been having very heavy rain storms, with a lot of thunder and lightning.

Next weekend there is no league game, but on the Sunday we are playing an Australia versus England game. This will see the English overseas players from the league play against their Australia hosts! This will be a competitive match I’m sure, but we’re all looking forward to it! I’ll let you know how it goes on my next blog!

Happy New Year to you all!!