NEW City’s second English import will arrive on the Border tomorrow.
All-rounder Jack Thomas will join Will Brown at Urana Road Oval and will press for selection to play in the club’s Albury-Wodonga Provincial clash with St Patrick’s at Xavier Oval this weekend.
Phoenix coach Steve McLennan yesterday said Thomas would complement a Phoenix squad which had only three players — Steve Davies, himself and Steve Baker — aged over 25 in the opening round.
“Jack arrives on Wednesday night and should be good for us,” McLennan said.
“We don’t know a lot about him at this stage, but the word is he’ll be a stable member of the first-grade side.
“Our team is very young and inexperienced and Jack will add to that.”
Brown was the pick of an influx of English players to debut in CAW ranks at the weekend, making 30 batting at No. 3 and proving rock-solid as wicket-keeper.
“Will did well,” McLennan said. “He faced some pretty quick bowling from Dave Tassell and didn’t seem worried. He played county cricket and division one back home.
“He made a few runs and kept up to every bowler which is a bit embarrassing.”
Led by young captain Mitch O’Brien, New City outgunned Albury by four wickets to send a warning to rival clubs that it won’t be just making up the numbers.
Holbrook’s Hayden Wishart was another to shine on debut with 3-16 off six overs.
“It was a good start,” McLennan said.
“Seven years of playing kids is starting to be rewarded.
“Kids like Callum Langlands and Caleb Hobbs played and we are looking to improve each week.
“Every game will be tough.
“It’s exciting to be a part of it.”
Paul Conolly, from Jersey, took 1-20 off 10 overs for East Albury in the Crows’ win against Wodonga Raiders, while St Patrick’s import Jason van der Merwe looked solid before being dismissed for six against Wodonga.