City Cricket Club would officially like to announce and welcome our new professional player JAMES THOMPSON to our club for the coming cricket season.
James 19 is from Chester-le-Street, County Durham arrives in New Zealand on Saturday for the first time, as a club we are looking forward to experiencing James’ talents and what he brings to the club both on and off the field.
Jammie/Jimmie or ‘Pro’ as he is known as to many, has only just completed his season in the UK with a final which was played at the home of cricket – Lords. He is currently a member of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) Young Cricketers and Washington Cricket Club.
Some of his achievements to date have included being part of the winning U17s National Championship along with receiving the Durham Academy player of the year in 2014 and also winning and being named man of the match in the Premier League T20 Final.
He is a top order right handed batsman capable of batting in the top 4 – this has seen him have a good season with the bat with highest scores being 103 vs Hampshire 2XI (championship competition) along with 91 (n/o) vs Gloucestershire 2XI (one day competition). James comes with further all-round skills and other strings to his bow, he is also a tidy right arm off spinner along with recently developing his wicket keeping skills.
Back home in England James has been described and is regarded as a very, very good fielder to the point of being involved as the sub fielder for England in the recent ashes series.
Last season James was the professional for the Claremont Nedlands Cricket Club side in Perth along where he also coached the juniors at that club. He has just passed his ECB level 2 coaching and is looking at possibly doing his level 3 in the future.
Some of his goals and plans for the future in the game involve playing first class cricket which would see him achieving another goal of signing up to a professional contract.
James is excited about being involved with City Cricket Club and has only heard good things about the club and the area from good friend Tom Smith who played as an overseas amateur here in Northland last season.
He’s looking forward to a new challenge and experiencing a different way of life along with making new friends, he enjoys geography and travelling so with that is excited about the opportunity instore.
All of City Cricket Club are looking forward to James’ arrival and playing their part in the development of his cricket along with offering a great life experience here in Northland during his stay.