Winter Player Diary: George Lavelle
The young wicket-keeper batsman is spending a second winter Down Under with the International Cricket Programme and playing Grade Cricket for North Sydney
I hope that you’ve all recovered from what was a great season for the Red Rose! This winter I have headed back to Sydney to play in the Grade Cricket competition for North Sydney CC again. Whilst over here I’m also involved with the International Cricket Programme, where I’m training a few times a week with some other cricketers from around the English counties. The training has been really good so far with lots of coaches, who have played at high levels themselves, around to point us in the right direction.
This season I’ve been playing in the First Grade competition which has been a really good standard. There are a lot of players involved with the Big Bash and the Sheffield Shield who play for their club sides at the weekend and some of you may have seen that former South Africa, and current Surrey fast bowler, Morne Morkel has played a few T20s for one of the sides out here, so that shows the quality of the teams in the comp. It’s been a good challenge so far, some of the matches in Australia take place over two weekends, which brings its own tests as potentially you might not bat on a Saturday for two weeks, so you have to be prepared to make the most of your time in the middle when you do get in.
North Sydney have had a strong start to the season and we are currently sitting in third position in the table (out of 20) after four games. I arrived in time for the third round of fixtures and unfortunately we lost to Mosman, who chased down 385 in a day. However there was an improved result in our next game against a strong Sydney University where we managed to get an outright win. Apparently outright wins are pretty hard to come by, North Sydney haven’t had one for ten years before this season so we were made up to get it.
I’m staying with a family of one of the lads who I’m playing with at North Sydney. They’ve been looking after me really well and I’ve settled in quite quickly there which is good. Outside of cricket, I’ve been enjoying my spare time too, any free afternoon I’ve had I’ve been embracing the Aussie culture of heading down to one of the beaches! I haven’t had a go at surfing yet but I’m sure I’ll give it a try at some point while I’m out here.
I was also delighted to extend my contract with Lancashire into the 2020 season, hopefully all of the hard work which takes place out here this winter will help me to improve my game and be ready for another big English summer at Emirates Old Trafford.
All the best,