English cricketer lands in town
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.