Wodonga to unveil another Stokesley batsman

WODONGA'S STOKED: Premiers Wodonga will field Andrew Weighell (left) and Rob Foreman from English club, Stokesley. Picture: SIMON BAYLISS
WODONGA'S STOKED: Premiers Wodonga will field Andrew Weighell (left) and Rob Foreman from English club, Stokesley. Picture: SIMON BAYLISS

Wodonga will unveil an opening partnership from the north of England in Saturday’s opening round.

Andrew Weighell will return after starring for the club two years ago, while Stokesley team-mate Rob Foreman will tackle his first stint.

“He’ll (Rob) be a pretty good player, he’s had a really good season back in England,” Weighell said.

“He’s in a different mould (to me), he’s a bit more of a defensive batsman, but he’s quite a good stroke player.”

Foreman won’t necessarily open the batting.

“He looks as though he’s very well organised and he’ll complement some of the other players we’ve got,” coach Robbie Jackson said.

“Whether he bats in the middle or the top, he’s fitted in well to our club and culture.”

Weighell made a stunning impact in his last stint, finishing sixth on the association’s run-scorer’s list with 526 at 40.46.

He posted two centuries, including a blockbusting 206 not out against North Albury.

He had only 41 runs at tea, but then exploded with a blistering 163 in the final session.

Weighell pulverised North in an attack rarely seen at provincial level.

Given the fierce rivalry between Australia and England, players from the ‘mother’ country always attract plenty of attention.

But Weighell says there was next to no sledging on his last visit.

However, the upcoming Ashes might make some difference, although you get the impression it wouldn’t worry the laidback 28-year-old.

“That could have something to do with it, that could cause a bit more sledging,” he said.

Weighell is the older brother of Tallangatta premiership player and first-class all-rounder James.

The premiers will be one of four clubs to have two imports.

Tallangatta boasts the highest profile pairing in ex-Sri Lankan international Dilhara Lokuhettige and Indian Sahib Malhotra.

North’s Ryan Addison returns and he’ll be joined by Ryan Macbeth, from Northern Ireland, while New City has Sam Grant and Saif Zaib.