Templepatrick hope Aussie will give them the edge over rivals

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NORTHERN Cricket Union Section One new boys Templepatrick Cricket Club have signed a highly-rated Australian all-rounder ahead of the 2013 season.

The Ballyclare-based club’s 1st XI, who won promotion last year after finishing runners-up in Section Two, are hoping to carry on their winning form of the past few years with the help of Warren Clunes, the 26-year-old captain of the Wagga City Cats Cricket Club in New South Wales.

Summer signing: Warren Clunes. Pic courtesy of CricX.com

Summer signing: Warren Clunes. Pic courtesy of CricX.com

Warren, a right-handed batsman and medium pace bowler, also captains the Wagga Wagga Opens team and has represented Riverina in the New South Wales Country Championships over the past two seasons.

The hard-hitting batsman and consistent wicket taker joined Wagga City Cats in 2009 after relocating from Canberra where he had previously played first grade cricket for Ginninderra.

Warren, who is also a qualified coach, says he’s looking forward to coming to Northern Ireland and testing himself in NCU Section One.

“I am very much looking forward to heading over to Northern Ireland and playing for TCC. I have heard some great things about the club and can’t wait for the opportunity to contribute on and off the field to a great season,” he commented.

Warren has had a stop-start season in Australia due to injury, but is hoping to post some big scores for his club side before he leaves for Northern Ireland on April 16.

He says he has no reservations about his first trip abroad, or the notorious Ulster weather.

“Of course leaving my wife and family for six months will be hard, but I have their full support.

“As far as the weather goes, hopefully it’s kind and I can get lots of cricket in. The softer wickets are just something I will have to get used to and it’s just a matter of finding a way to score runs on any surface,” he added.

Welcoming the club’s new signing, TCC Cricket Development Officer, Andy McCrea said: “The 1st XI’s promotion to Section One means we are now playing at a higher standard than at any time in the club’s history. In order to be competitive at this new level we took the decision that we would bring in an overseas player.

“Warren comes highly recommended and he will be a great addition to our club; not only to our playing squad as a batsman and a bowler, but he’ll also be an invaluable asset as a coach working with both our senior and youth set-ups.”

Meanwhile, Templepatrick CC’s indoor nets for senior players will get under way on March 8 at Sixmile Leisure Centre, Ballyclare. The sessions (7.45pm - 9.45pm) will run on March 8, 15 and 29, and April 5, 12 and 19. Pre-season practices will then move outdoors to the club’s state-of-the-art training facilities at The Cloughan.

“We’re really looking forward to the new season and are on the look-out for new players ahead of this summer’s league and cup campaigns. With both our 1st and 2nd XIs having gained promotion last season we face a massive challenge this year, but we have fantastic facilities and a superb coaching set-up and are confident that we have what it takes to compete at this level.

“A further addition to the increasing playing strength of the club this year is the fact that we are fielding A and B teams at Under 11 and Under 13 ages, in order to provide as much playing opportunity to as many members as possible. This is a bold step, but one we have the player base and coaching man power to accommodate.

“I would invite anyone with an interest in cricket, aged four to veteran, to come along and see what Templepatrick Cricket Club has to offer,” Andy added.

For more information telephone Andy McCrea on 07811 737047, email mcrea.a@sky.com or log on to www.templepatrickcc.co.uk, or find us on Facebook.