McCle­naghan’s back in the fold for county T20

Mid­dle­sex chief happy to see New Zealand bats­man re­turn

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT - By Matt Lewis matt.lewis@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

MID­DLE­SEX have signed New Zealand pace bowler Mitchell McCle­naghan as their se­cond over­seas player for lim­ited overs com­pe­ti­tions.

The 29-year-old could also fea­ture in the County Cham­pi­onship if needs re­quire and will link up af­ter the In­dian Premier League con­cludes.

The left arm pace­man rep­re­sented Mid­dle­sex in last sea­son’s NatWest T20 Blast com­pe­ti­tion and in just four matches picked up eight wick­ets, at an av­er­age of only 13 with an econ­omy rate of less than seven.

His best bowl­ing per­for­mance was 3/24 which came against Sus­sex at Lord’s.

An­gus Fraser, Mid­dle­sex’s man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of cricket, said: “I am de­lighted to have Mitchell REECE But­ler was the hat-trick hero for West Dray­ton Ex­plor­ers U10s at the week­end.

But­ler plun­dered three goals in a 6-2 win away at Royal Wind­sor as Jake Pick­ett weighed in with two and Ran­vier Jam­gotre got the other.

There was an­other trip to Berk­shire for the U7s Reds as they recorded a com­pre­hen­sive 9-2 tri­umph over Wind­sor Owls.

Harry Mac­fay­den scooped the man of the match award for his three-goal salvo while Cairo Jones (2), Do­minic Gon­calves (2), Gabriel Dickson and Aleks back play­ing T20 cricket for Mid­dle­sex this sum­mer. He made a re­ally pos­i­tive im­pres­sion on BODY­BUILDER Shawn Rho­den and pro­fes­sional body­build­ing coach Chris Aceto will be the big names present at a sem­i­nar meet and greet ses­sion in Nor­wood on Satur­day.

Rho­den came third in the Mr Olympia body­build­ing com­pe­ti­tion and will join Aceto on their first UK tour thanks to XC Pro­mo­tions.

Rho­den nar­rowly missed out on the Mr Olympia ti­tle last time out and is a true con­tender this year my­self and ev­ery­one at the club in 2015.”

“He will join us af­ter the IPL Kovalenko com­pleted the scor­ing.

Else­where, West Dray­ton Youth FC U9s hit six in the snow to beat Han­well Blacks U9s.

Two goals from Ge­orgie Mee sent them in ahead at the break be­fore a pow­er­ful header from Har­keerat Singh and a first league goal from Grace Gran­tham made it four.

Mee com­pleted his hat-trick and Takunda Dun took the score to 6-0 be­fore the bat­tling Han­well play­ers ral­lied to pull two goals back at the end. Liam Dines, Soroush Hafiz, Nazim Naz, Kai Chander, Ge­orge Ire­land and Karim Gur­ragh made up the rest of the team.

The U7s were 7-3 win­ners over Hilling­don Ab­bots, hat-trick hero Jay Balkhu lead­ing the way ahead of Bai­ley Garvin with two and Lu­cas White and Mi­lad Yakinya with one each.

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Youth thanks to his near per­fect body sym­me­try. He also won the Arnold Europe com­pe­ti­tion in 2012 and the 2014 Aus­tralian Body­build­ing Grand Prix.

Aceto is an ex­pert in nutri­tion and body trans­for­ma­tion af­ter 30 years of ex­pe­ri­ence and works with pro­fes­sional ath­letes to help pre­pare them for com­pe­ti­tion.

The sem­i­nar in­cludes a ques­tion and an­swer ses­sion and will be­gin at 4pm. Tick­ets cost £20, in­clud­ing a Fit Fuel meal and a Scitec goody bag. and be avail­able to play in at least 12 of our group matches. He is also avail­able to play Royal Lon­don One Day Cup and County Cham­pi­onship cricket if needs re­quire.”

“Mitchell gets mod­ern lim­ited over cricket, its mood, its un­cer­tainty, its ups and downs and the fact a bowler needs to be de­lib­er­ately un­pre­dictable.

“He has the skills and mind­set to be con­stantly com­pet­i­tive in th­ese forms of the game. Mitchell makes things hap­pen when he bowls and has an out­stand­ing record in both 50 and 20 over cricket.”

In­ter­na­tion­ally McCle­naghan has rep­re­sented the Black Caps on al­most sixty oc­ca­sions and has more than 100 in­ter­na­tional, T20 and ODI wick­ets to his name.

He is the se­cond New Zealan­der to join the county for the sea­son af­ter Mid­dle­sex an­nounced the sign­ing of Bren­don McCul­lum be­fore Christ­mas.

U14s pro­gressed into the semi-fi­nals of the Mid­dle­sex County Cup with a hard-fought 3-2 win over Ed­mon­ton Rangers. They are now just one game away from their first ap­pear­ance in a fi­nal, hav­ing come back from 2-1 down to knock out the Rangers.

n POS­I­TIVE IM­PRES­SION: Mitchell McCle­naghan in ac­tion for New Zealand

Photo by Getty Im­ages

n CON­TENDER: Shawn Rho­den

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