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Globetrotters 2012/13

Posted on November 25, 2012 by in Opinion


You may have heard that Chris Woakes has signed to play for Wellington in New Zealand this winter as their overseas player. This pleases us. It’s great to see players heading abroad to ply their trade in different situations, in different conditions (albeit the North Island is probably not really much of an alien climate to a man from Birmingham) and against new players. It would seem a logical step for a young player with ambitions to further his international career and who, at the age of 23, should be maturing nicely. Certainly some overseas sojourns have helped the likes of Steven Finn, Luke Wright and longer ago Matthew Hoggard. Although Liam Dawson’s brief experience in Zimbabwe last year was less joyful, due to him thinking that a summer in Mutare would be like a weekend in Margate.

You can keep your Costa Brava, I’m telling you mate I’d rather, spend a day down Mutare, with all my family.

Other globetrotters this year include Mark Pettini and Moeen Ali, both of whom are appearing in Zimbabwean domestic cricket. The former has started superbly, with scores of 58, 27, 29, 104*, 100 and 31* for Mountaineers in three Logan Cup matches; the Worcestershire man has also taken to the experience like a duck to the New Road outfield, having scored 266 runs from five innings (including a 95 and a 101) and taken nine wickets for Tuskers.

You seem to think that everything I ever did was wrong, I should’ve known it all along,  oh darlin’, there ain’t no pleasing Mark Pettini.

In brighter lights, Michael Lumb returns to the Sydney Sixers, Owais Shah to the Hobart Hurricanes, Wright to the Melbourne Stars and youngster Matt Prior has signed for Sydney Thunder.

We’ll be keeping an eye on the performances of all the English players who find themselves in some remote outpost such as Bulawayo or  the Big Bash; Woakes is expected to debut for Wellington on Monday.



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Matt H

27 Nov 2012 20:09

Thanks Stu, sorry we missed him out. We’ll sack the work experience kid.


Stu Hawkins

27 Nov 2012 19:17

Steven Croft is over playing in the New Zealand T20 comp, and has started with two excellent innings.
His progress is being updated on the official Lancashire website should you wish to add him to your updates…


Scott McKenzie

26 Nov 2012 15:26

Decent start for Chris Woakes in NZ with 47 (69 balls, 8 fours) out of Wellington’s 380 on opening day of Plunket Shield game v Auckland.