Club’s cricketers head Down Under

16 09 2008
Alan Davidson, Richard Rennie heading south for the winter

Alan Davidson, Richard Rennie heading south for the winter

Just when bats are being thrust away to languish for the winter two young Dumfries CC cricketers are instead packing them for use in Australia. First eleven players Alan Davidson and Richard Rennie are off to experience a season of cricket Oz style.

Alan heads for New South Wales and the Wallsend Tigers club in Newcastle. Dumfries has long standing connections with the club including this season’s skipper Scott Beveridge, and Brett Jackson who starred for Dumfries two seasons ago, both of whom were  Wallsend players, as surprisingly was the current England keeper Tim Ambrose.  

He can expect a high standard of cricket and will do well to be a 1st grade regular. They won the NSW Country Cup at the Sydney Cricket Ground a couple of years ago, won the Newcastle competition two years ago and came close last season. So performances will be required to move up the grades.

Having played for the Scotland U-19s in 2005 Alan is “just planning to go across there and work hard on my game. Hopefully it will be a good lesson making me a better player and moving me up a level.” Predominantly a batsman conditions won’t be completely alien since he has toured Australia with the West U-19s and survived the Dumfries CC Newcastle tour of 2005.

Another survivor of that Dumfries tour is Richard Rennie who opened the bowling for the firsts this season and is heading for Victoria. His Aussie connection is Ben Dodds who played at Dumfries last year. His club Highton play in the Geelong Cricket Association competition. Richard who has also played age group representative cricket regionally and for Scotland is hoping for plenty of cricket and a change of weather. Appropriately his club is called the Highton “Heat”.

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