HENLEY Cricket Club have signed Australian batsman/wicket-keeper Ben McDermott as they prepare to defend their Home Counties Premier League title when the season gets under way in May, writes Robert MacLeish.
The 19-year-old’s signing comes about as part of the Hampshire CCC/Cricket Australia initiative to introduce promising young Australian cricketers to Premier Club Cricket in England.
Last season, after a few games for Henley, Ashton Agar found himself drafted into the Ashes side to face England in the first two Tests. His more than worthy successor, spinner/batsman Cameron Boyce, proved to be a key element in helping Henley win last season’s Division 1 crown.
McDermott has already played for Queensland U19s and featured in all but one of the Australia U19 team’s games in the ICC U19 Championship held in Abu Dhabi and Dubai in February this year. His top score came against England in the play-off for third spot with an unbeaten 56.
In addition, McDermott played two games for Brisbane Heat in the 2013/14 T20 Big Bash competition and is contracted to Queensland in 2014/15.