A local connection has helped Tatura snare a promising paceman from Cornwall for the new Cricket Shepparton season.
Tatura star Jess Petherick was able to get in the ear of Tom Dinnis while on his own English adventure, convincing him to try his hand in Shepparton after spending last summer with Broadbeach Robina Cricket Club on the Gold Coast.
‘‘I came out last year and was on the Gold Coast playing and I decided last minute to come out again, Jess persuaded me, but it didn’t take much, I used to play at the club that he was at when he was in England,’’ Dinnis said.
‘‘He mentioned it and we were kind of joking about it, but here I am, so it’s a bit of fun and I’m looking forward to it.’’
Dinnis, 19, has tasted County Championship action in the minor levels with Cornwall and is seizing the opportunity his youth affords him to travel the world and play the game he loves.
‘‘I’m just almost trying to get more overs under my belt,’’ he said.
‘‘Last year I came out to learn, but this year I’m trying to almost make a bit more of a point on the league I’m in, and then go back to England and probably do the same thing next year and try to come out again.
‘‘I don’t have a desire to go to university at the moment, so I’ll just keep doing this, I don’t want to regret not doing it enough times.’’
Dinnis took 21 wickets for Werrington at an average of 23.33 this season, while also snaring 15 for Cornwall at 27.67, and is hoping to help Tatura climb the Haisman Shield table.
‘‘Obviously the personal aim is to be taking wickets, but for the club hopefully we can get to the finals and beyond that,’’ he said.
‘‘The club’s on the way up and hopefully I’ll be able to help lead it into the finals and hopefully win it, I came out to win cricket matches not to take part, so that’s the main thing.’’
The youthful vibe at Tatura also excites Dinnis, who will help coach the youngest players of the brigade.
‘‘It’s a young club, probably the youngest club that I’ve been at, everyone’s like 19 or 20, so that’s quite cool,’’ he said.
‘‘Everyone really wants to win, there’s a good drive in the club and with TK (coach Tim Kelly) at the top as well leading the way with that experience, it should be a bit of fun.
‘‘I’ll try and help out coaching here and there, try and run a few sessions, I’ve done a bit in England, so it should be fun, I’m looking forward to it.’’
As with most imports, Dinnis will also be looking forward to spending some time in the sun while he is down under — but not solely for pleasure.
‘‘I do like the hot weather, it’s a bit of a challenge, but it does make cricket back in England a lot easier if you get a hot day back there,’’ he said.
‘‘One of the best things about it is to challenge yourself in the heat, but it is good to be out in the sun, it can get a bit wet and cold back in England.’’