MARCH Town have signed up former Australia under 19 cricketer Ryan Meyer as their overseas player next season at The Avenue.
The 21-year-old is a talented left arm wrist spinner and a useful batsman.
He is currently playing in the XXXX gold first grade competition in Brisbane for the Gold Coast Scorchers.
He has played in the last three National under 17 and under 19 championships – one for Tasmania and two for Queensland and was also in the Australia under 19 squad.
March skipper Chris Ringham said: “He looks a very exciting prospect as he was good enough for the Australian under 19 squad and comes highly recommended.
“It will be good to have a spinner as we have not had that option in the last few seasons.”
Meyer faces a tough job replacing fellow Aussie Matt Wilcox who was such a success for March in the last two seasons.
Wilcox scored 1570 runs and took 68 wickets last year but has since been suffering with a stress fracture and will not be returning to England this summer as a result. Former March overseas player Steve Seymour claimed five Sri Lankan wickets for Victoria seconds in Australia last week.
Seymour, who spent two seasons at The Avenue in 2008-09, produced a very good spell of bowling to take the wickets of five players with Test experience including the world class Kumar Sangakkara for just 16 runs.
His performance with the ball with five wickets for 52 runs from his 10 overs helped Victoria to a surprise 23-run win over Sri Lanka, who are due to play Australia and India in a series.
Victoria had not started the game too well and were 172 for nine in their 50 overs with Seymour contributing just seven runs. But then the former March player ripped through the heart of Sri Lanka to reduce them to 149 all out.
Seymour said: “To get the opportunity to play against an international team was an amazing experience and to be able have a win and perform personally made it probably the highlight of my cricketing career.
“To be able to look back in a few years and say that I’ve taken five wickets against Sri Lanka and dismissed one of the great batsman in the world in Sangakarra is a nice feeling.
“I’ve had a lot of messages of support from March Town which is greatly appreciated! I have a lot of great mates there and loved my 2 seasons with March, and their support is greatly appreciated.”
Ringham said: “It was a phenomenal performance by Steve to take five wickets in his first game at this level and Test cricketers too.
“Steve has been playing really well this summer and was hoping to get his chance with Victoria seconds. In fact he was close to making it to the Big Bash, a 20/20 competition in Australia similar to the IPL. He was in the squad of 22 but did not make it to the final 18.”
Former Australian Test cricketer David Hussey, who plays for Prahran, the same club as Seymour and Wilcox, was very impressed with the performance and on Twitter commented: “There will definitely be a domestic team interested in the red hot @SteveSeymour now! The kid is on fire & can play.”
Another March cricketer making his mark Down Under is Andrew Mills who is in his first season with Prahran.
He has scored 366 runs with an average of 36.6 and a highest score of 113 not out. He said: “I am really enjoying playing for Prahran. All being well I hope to play a game or two for March when back for a brief holiday next season.
“Steve Seymour has been having a fantastic year at the club and is the best all rounder in the Victorian Premier Competition. He is the leading wicket taker in the competition coupled with opening the batting.”