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Q&A: Uni players abroad
Date of Event : Fri Jul 28, 2017 9:53AM

While most of us have battled a cold and frosty winter in Tasmania, several UTCC have enjoyed the sunny skies and warm weather of the UK playing cricket and travelling around Europe, amongst other things.  We caught up with Hassan Azad, Katelyn Fryett, James Hortle, Rob Hortle and Jackson Swain to see what they have been up to.


Hassan Azad – Engineering (Final Year Student at Loughborough University, UK)

 What club are you playing for and where are they based?  

 I am playing for the West Indian Cavaliers Cricket Club in the Nottinghamshire Premier League about 5 minutes away from my family home in Notts as well as Loughborough MCCU in the MCC Universities League.

What competitions are you playing in?  

The West Indian Cavaliers play in the Notts Premier League, the Cockspur National Cup and the National T20 Cup. We are currently 4th in the league, lost in the regional finals of the national cup and have the regional finals of the T20 Cup coming up this Sunday (30th July).  Loughborough MCCU play 3 county three-dayers (2 FC fixtures, 1 non FC) as well as the MCCU inter-university 2-day competition, British Universities and Colleges (BUCS) 1-day competition and a national inter-university T20 competition. We got 3 out of 3 draws with first innings leads against the counties and won all inter-university competitions.

What have been your playing highlights?  

 Getting 80 against Leicestershire and getting them docked 18 County Championship Points will be memorable for a while. Click here for more details.  

Other highlights include getting back to back hundreds for Loughborough MCCU and then again for my club as well as getting a 100 off 53 balls in the semi-final of the inter-university competition wearing borrowed right-handed gears (All my stuff was stolen with my car the night before!)

What have you been doing outside of cricket?  

 I have picked up where I left off with the UK branch of Hanson, the construction materials company I was interning with in Hobart. I’m spending my days chasing water pipes across a cement manufacturing plant. I will look to get a county trial in what’s left of the season after the internship winds up.

How do you think this has helped you prepare for the upcoming season?  

 For me Tassie was the preparation for the English summer and it’s safe to say that I couldn’t have asked for a better winter. Tough, competitive cricket on weekends to go with the opportunity to train during the week, teammates who were always keen to train and push each other and fantastic weather to top it all off! It has set me up for a brilliant summer so far. I hope the next Loughborough cricketer to make the trip across reaps the same benefit!

Any tips for players who want to play overseas next year and beyond?  

 If anyone is unsure about spending a winter overseas, I would encourage them to take the leap. It is about so much more than “just” cricket. If anyone does come over, make sure you make the most of it. Whether that’s travel, sightseeing, or time spent working on your cricket skills try and make every second count. You won’t regret it! Also make sure you send me a message. Anything UTAS is welcome at the Azad household. We will make sure you leave well fed!


Katelyn Fryett – Pharmacy (University of Tasmania) and UTCC Women’s Captain

 

 What club are you playing for and where are they based? 

 Merrion Cricket Club, Dublin

What competitions are you playing in? 

 Cricket Leinster Women's Competition and Toyota Super 3's for the Dragons

What have been your playing highlights? 

 Cricket Leinster have just re-introduced a women's 50 over competition this season. In the first match of the competition we played Malahide which resulted in us chasing down the total in the 47th over. There were over 500 runs scored over the two innings and it was a fantastic game to play in. It was great for me to be involved in due to the introduction of a 50 over women's competition in Hobart this year.

What have you been doing outside of cricket? 

 I was lucky enough to be able to do 8 weeks of travel around Europe before settling in Dublin. I visited 10 countries in that time. While I have been in Ireland I have been up to Belfast, across to Galway and the Cliffs of Moher. In my spare time I have been doing some volunteer coaching and umpiring for Merrion.

How do you think this has helped you prepare for the upcoming season? 

 It has been a fantastic opportunity to get some match practice leading into our cricket season at home. It has also allowed me to work on different parts of my game and make some changes to improve my cricket.

Any tips for players who want to play overseas next year and beyond? 

 If you are interested in playing overseas in the next few seasons, get in touch with me and I can help point you in the right direction! It has been a great experience both on and off the field and I would definitely recommended it to anyone who is interested! My biggest tip would be to get it organised as early as possible to help avoid any last minute hiccups!


James Hortle – Marine Biology (University of Tasmania)

What club are you playing for and where are they based?  

 Waterlooville Cricket Club who are based in the town of Waterlooville, 15 minutes north of Portsmouth on the south coast of England.

What competitions are you playing in?  

 Division three of the Southern Electric Premier League which is Hampshire's Premier League, covering Portsmouth, Southampton and Bournemouth.

What have been your playing highlights?  

 There hasn't been a particular highlight so far, but we have won 8 from 11 matches which has us in second place and in the promotion zone. I've been fortunate enough to be scoring a few runs (430 @ 40 so far) which has me second leading run scorer in the league, so that has been a bit of an ongoing personal highlight.

What have you been doing outside of cricket?  

 I've followed the same off field path as my on field heroes Josh Bean and Gordon Kerr, picking up the brush and becoming a painter/decorator during the week. Now I know what makes a good cricketer!

You can probably guess what my evenings consist of  …

How do you think this has helped you prepare for the upcoming season?  

 The English summer so far has been a massive confidence boost leading in to a big season in Australia. It's been hugely beneficial to finally get some good runs under my belt and achieve what I know I should be week in and week out back home. The tough English conditions have helped me to work out my game a bit better and to apply patience at the top of the order.

Any tips for players who want to play overseas next year and beyond?  

 Just go for it! It's one of the best experiences you will have. Both times I have come over, I’ve been treated like family straight away, had the time of my life while improving my cricket and learning plenty about myself as a person.


Rob Hortle – Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Majors in Indonesian and International Relations (University of Tasmania)

 What club are you playing for and where are they based? 

 St John’s College Cricket Club, the Rhodes XI and Oxenford CC.  All based in Oxford.

What competitions are you playing in?  

 SJCCC plays in the University of Oxford’s inter-college league and also has a lot of jazzy friendly fixtures!  The Rhodes XI plays in the Jack Cox Trophy, the university’s inter-departmental competition.  Oxenford CC has teams in the Oxfordshire Cricket Association Division 1 and Division 6.

What have been your playing highlights?  

 Playing for the Oxford University Second XI (the Authentics) against Cambridge in the T20 Varsity Match in my first year, and captaining SJCCC this season.  Battling to 60 not out to save a draw for the Rhodes XI against the Royal Household XI at Windsor Castle was also pretty special!

What have you been doing outside of cricket?  

 Master’s in Development Studies and now PhD in International Development at University of Oxford.

How do you think this has helped you prepare for the upcoming season?  

 Unfortunately, I’m stuck over here for a few more years completing my PhD, but I’m hoping to get back to UTCC one day!

Any tips for players who want to play overseas next year and beyond?  

 I didn’t move to the UK specifically to play cricket, but once you’re here … Bowlers, pitch it up!  And batsmen, be prepared to spend most of the summer on the front foot.  English wickets don’t bounce.


Jackson Swain – Business with Major in Finance (University of Tasmania)

 What club are you playing for and where are they based? 

 I am currently in my second season playing for Thriplow CC, Cambridge.

What competitions are you playing in? 

 Cambridgeshire Cricket Association (CCA) Senior Division One.

What have been your playing highlights? 

 Winning the T20 Cup last summer was a great team highlight. This is a knockout competition played on a Sunday that culminates in a finals day in early August each year. We are playing in the finals day again this year, so hopefully we make it back to back! Individually, being an opening bowler during May in the UK is great fun. Earlier in the season we bowled an opposition team out in just 14 overs. I took six wickets and the opener from the other end took four wickets. Another highlight was Thriplow CC’s annual tour of the Isle of Wight last summer, where fellow UTCC cricketer and ladies man Andrew Kerr joined us on the tour.

What have you been doing outside of cricket? 

 Outside of cricket my partner (Anna) and I travel a lot. England is a great base to explore Europe. From skiing in the French Alps to partying in Germany at Oktoberfest, you can travel to so many places in under two hours. Also if you love sport there’s plenty to see, I have been to the British Open golf, the EPL and plenty of international and domestic cricket of course!

How do you think this has helped you prepare for the upcoming season? 

 Gaining experience playing in different conditions definitely helps you improve as a cricketer.

Any tips for players who want to play overseas next year and beyond? 

 If you have thought about playing overseas and the opportunity comes up I would recommend not thinking twice, go for it. Playing and living overseas gets you out of your comfort zone and not only helps you develop as a cricketer but also as person.


Last updated: Friday July 28, 2017 11:08AM