March Town Cricket Club welcome new Aussie spin king Ryan Meyer
MARCH Town Cricket Club welcomed their new Australian spin king on Sunday as Ryan Meyer joined up with the squad.
The former Australia Under-19s star met his new team-mates at an indoor net session after flying in early to acclimatise with the English conditions.
The 21-year-old all-rounder is a slow left-arm chinaman bowler and middle-order batsman, who has been playing first grade cricket in Brisbane, Australia.
He said: “I knew the weather would be cooler, that’s why I caught an early flight out here.
“Obviously the wickets will not be like the ones back home. I am expecting them to be slower but turn more.”
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Meyer follows in the footsteps of fellow Aussies Matt Wilcox and Steve Seymour as overseas stars at the Avenue - but captain Chris Ringham hailed the club’s latest acquisition as a “bit of a coup”.
He said: “It could be a massive signing for us. He describes himself as a middle to lower order batsman but that’s in Australian first grade cricket. Wilcox played second grade cricket and look what he did.
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“He’s also a left arm wrist spinner, which is something completely different. Spin picks up a lot of wickets in our league and I wouldn’t have thought those spinners would be anywhere close to the Australian Under-19s squad!”
March take on Long Sutton and Downham Town in friendlies before starting their Tucker Division One campaign with a trip to Nassington on April 21.