New Players & Returning ones!

As the 2024 cricket season approaches, the excitement and anticipation at Sutton Cricket Club (SCC) is palpable. The club has always been known for its strong performances and talented players, and this year is no exception. With the return of some much admired stalwarts, the addition of new talent, and the dedication of the existing players, SCC is gearing up for a successful season.

The club is thrilled to announce that our overseas player for the 2024 season is Ryan Hackney, an Australian cricketer from New South Wales. Ryan is a talented left-handed top order batter who can also bowl the occasional left arm orthodox spin.

Ryan made his debut for New South Wales in first-class cricket on February 9, 2022, against Queensland in the Sheffield Shield. He impressed the selectors and earned more opportunities in the first team after averaging 60 for the New South Wales second-XI during the 2022-23 season. In March 2023, he scored his first century in first-class cricket against South Australia. He went to bed on 98 not out but managed to score the remaining two runs to reach his maiden Sheffield Shield century before being dismissed for 102. In the first innings, he also scored 78 runs. So far, Ryan has represented the state in ten matches.

Ryan’s cricket journey began at the local cricket club in Springwood when he was just 10 years old. He progressed through junior representative cricket and eventually played Grade Cricket with Penrith Cricket Club in western Sydney. In 2021, he made a crucial decision to move to Parramatta, leaving behind his long- time home at Penrith. Despite the change, Ryan has been performing well and currently averages 41 for the 23/24 season.

During the 2022 northern hemisphere season, Ryan had the opportunity to play for Malahide in Dublin. Now, he joins Sutton Cricket Club, and we are eagerly looking forward to meeting and catching up with him. Welcome, Ryan!

Earlier this year, the club announced the signing of New Zealand batting all-rounder Chris Swanson for the upcoming season.  Chris, who has previously played in the UK for Harpenden CC last season, arrived in the country in April 2023 after a successful stint with Cambridge CA in the Waikato Valley Premier Men’s Competition (NZ). Not only did he excel as a player, but he also took on the role of a coach for the team. His leadership skills were evident as he led Waikato Valley to several trophies during his time as captain.

Chris’ talent caught the attention of the selectors, and he was soon called up to represent Northern

Districts A. He made his first-class and List A debuts for the Knights in February 2022, displaying his potential at the highest level. His impressive batting skills were on display once again as he scored a century against Auckland A. In 2023, Chris made his way back to the UK to play for Harpenden in the Hertfordshire League. He proved to be an asset for the team, scoring 516 runs with an average of 46.91 as a middle-order batter. Although he did not get many opportunities to bowl, his batting prowess was enough to leave a mark on the league.

Now, as he joins Sutton Cricket Club for the 2024 season, the club is excited to have him on board. Chris’ experience and skills will undoubtedly add depth to our batting line-up and provide a much-needed boost to our overall performance. With his talent and determination, he is sure to make a mark and help the team achieve their goals. Welcome to Sutton Cricket Club, Chris; we are looking forward to seeing you back over here.

One of the most highly anticipated returnees is none other than Josh Blake, a county professional and SCC stalwart. His consistent performances and leadership on and off the field have been crucial to the team’s success in the past, and members are eager to see him in action once again. Joining him is his county colleague and SCC member, Conor McKerr, known for his fast bowling and aggressive style of play. Both players have been in Sydney over the winter and their presence on the field this season will undoubtedly boost the team’s performance and morale.

Another familiar face returning to the club is Fabian Cowdrey, a spinning all-rounder who has been influential for the team in the past few seasons. His skills and experience have not only helped on the pitch but also off it, as he has been a role model for the younger players. His return is a testament to his commitment to the club and its success.

The club also welcomes Joel Walker, who joins from Chipstead & Walcountians CC, where he was skipper. An experienced keeper/batter, Joel will take over the gloves from Dan Edwards, who has decided to step down from 1st XI duties after around 15 seasons, to focus on skippering the 2nd XI. This decision shows his dedication to the club and its future.

Two players who have been away in Australia for the past season, Harry Gardner, and Cameron Tanner, are also returning to the club. Both have had successful stints down-under, and Cameron concludes his season at Stockton & Northern Districts CC in a NDCA Senior Cricket 2-Day 2023/24 semi-final versus. Newcastle City CC this coming Saturday 16th and Sunday, 17th March. Good luck Cam.

Harry, playing for UTS North Sydney, starred last weekend in his club’s 7-wicket one-day Poidevin-Gray Shield final win versus Northern District CC, taking 6 for 26. Congratulations Harry.

Their experience and skills will be valuable assets to the team and will add depth to the squad.

Another player to watch out for is opening bowler George Jackson, who had an impressive debut season with the club in 2023. After a winter season at Dorking Rugby Club, he is back and ready to take on the Premiersh His tough and determined attitude will undoubtedly inspire his teammates and contribute to the team’s success.

The first team also has the talented left-arm spinner Aneesh Jhalla, who has been working hard on his game throughout the winter. His dedication and improvement have earned him a spot as one of the spin options for the team. As a product of the club’s junior section, his success is a testament to the club’s commitment to nurturing young talent.

Apart from these seasoned players, the first team is also supported by talented individuals like Etinder Bopara, Connor Griffin, Rehan Ratnasapabathy, Jay Evemy, Daniel Peall, Sahil Sheth, and Ansh Bansal. With several promising young players also in the squad, the first XI is the strongest it has been in recent years. This bodes well for the club’s success and sets the bar high for the upcoming season.

Given the formidable and determined 1st XI, led by the skilled and resolute captain Sam Seadon, who has consistently shown reliability and dependability as a leader, it is no surprise that the expectations for SCC are exceptionally high.

The club has always been known for its competitive spirit and determination, and this year is no different. As the players gear up for the season, members can’t help but feel excited and hopeful for a successful year. With the return of some much-loved players, the addition of new talent, and the dedication of the existing squad, Sutton Cricket Club is well-equipped to take on any challenge that comes their way.

Here’s to a great season ahead!