March Town CC’s overseas cricketer, Australian all-rounder Stephen Shaw, jetted in last week.
Shaw, a talented batsman and left arm spinner, is currently skipper of Caloundra CC in the Sunshine Coast competition in Queensland.
Although this is the Aussie’s first time in the UK, he already knows Wisbech Town and Cambridgeshire all-rounder James Williams, who spent some time on the Sunshine Coast in 2009 while playing for Caloundra himself.
March picked up the 25-year-old via the www.worldsportsxchange.co.uk website.
Shaw looks forward to facing Wisbech this Sunday (April 13) in the Rutland League. The Cambs Tucker League begins a week later.
He said of Williams: “He played for Caloundra five years ago. I’ve never actually played with him but I’ve spent a bit of time with him.
“He’s a good mate and he has been helping me out what it’s going to be like over here - and I hope to beat him next week!
“He found out I got offered a post with March and he got me on Facebook, saying ‘it’s a great club, they’re our local rivals, but they will look after you’.
“It made it a pretty easy decision.”
The Queenslander sees himself more as a batsman, citing the examples of a few Aussie Test legends: “Technically I used to watch Damien Martyn and Mark Waugh.
“Then it was Matthew Hayden and Justin Langer: one aggressive and the other staying with him.”
He sees himself more as a Langer than a Hayden (who played at Wisbech’s Harecroft Road for Hampshire): “I’m not really one to score quick runs.
“I don’t mind hitting the boundaries but I’ll try to hit the ball along the ground. I’m not a Hayden who’ll try to belt the bowlers out of the park.”
March also have new batsman/wicketkeeper Chris Budd, a former Cambridgeshire CCC player, who has previously played Northants Premier League cricket for Peterborough Town.