English crick­eter lands in town

Euroa Gazette - - SPORT -

A NEW friendly face has ar­rived in Euroa, trav­el­ling all the way from Stafford­shire in Eng­land, to play for the Euroa Mag­pies Cricket Club.

Af­ter post­ing an ad to the in­ter­net in search of some­where to play cricket in Aus­tralia, Bri­tish 25 year old Chris Dyer could have never imag­ined he’d ac­tu­ally end up here.

“It all hap­pened so quickly, I put the add up on­line and a week later I was speak­ing to the sec­re­tary and mirac­u­lously I’m now here,” Mr Dyer said.

Hav­ing al­ways wanted to come over and see Aus­tralia, Mr Dyer couldn’t think of a bet­ter way to mix the two, play­ing the sport he loves and be­ing able to see the coun­try.

“All of my ed­u­ca­tion is fin­ished now, so it seemed like a pretty good time to come over and do some­thing like this,” he said.

The coach­ing and sport de­vel­op­ment grad­u­ate is look­ing for­ward to get­ting to know the com­mu­nity and the club, and hopes he will be a real lo­cal by the end of his ex­pe­ri­ence.

A pre­dom­i­nant bowler, Mr Dyer said it’s a great op­por­tu­nity to be able to score some runs as well.

“I’m play­ing club level back home, but I have played for the county of Stafford­shire,” he said.

“I’ve played cricket all my life and al­ways been sur­rounded by it hav­ing my older brothers played their whole life.

“From a very young age, four or five I just re­mem­ber play­ing it all the time and be­ing around the club.”

Mr Dyer wel­comed the warm re­cep­tion he had so far been given in Euroa and said it seems like an amaz­ing place to come.

“Ev­ery­one around the club seems re­ally great, and it’s just been friendly faces so far which has been great,” he said.

The next six months in Aus­tralia will not only en­tail cricket for Mr Dyer, as he hopes to get the chance to ex­plore the coun­try on his days off.

“I’d love to go see Syd­ney and Bris­bane and just see as much as I can, be­cause this op­por­tu­nity may never arise again,” he said.

Tak­ing in a dif­fer­ent weather fore­cast, along­side a for­eign area, Mr Dyer is hop­ing to get the most out of the ex­pe­ri­ence in Euroa and just en­joy it all.

Although the same game, Mr Dyer said cricket is played a lot dif­fer­ently over here, play­ing over two week­ends, with dif­fer­ent pitches and get­ting up a higher fit­ness level will be of fo­cus.

“Over here the grounds are big­ger so you have to run a lot more,” he said.

“The pitches seem to be a lot harder and a lot dryer so the ball will bounce a lot more.

“Whereas back home it’s usu­ally wet and dreary and the ball doesn’t play as it should.”

Mr Dyer hopes to use his en­thu­si­asm out on the field and is look­ing for­ward to com­ing to­gether with the team over the com­ing weeks.

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