ADVENTURE TIME: Irymple teammates Riley Anderson and Chase Stone are off to England for the UK cricket season. Photo: PAUL MENSCH
By MITCH RODD
WHEN most mates decide to go on a holiday overseas, not too many would expect to be working constantly.
Well, constantly could be a stretch, however Irymple Cricket Club teammates Chase Stone and Riley Anderson will be putting in the hard yards on England’s cricket pitches.
Chase, 22, and Riley, 21, will play as imports in Division Two of the Nidderdale and District Amateur Cricket League based out of Harrogate in Yorkshire. Chase will be an opening bowler for Burnt Yates CC, while Riley is set to be a batting all-rounder for divisional rivals Bishop Thornton CC.
Mildura West batsman Bryson Lush will also be in the same competition playing for Killinghall.
The duo left for the UK this week, but told Mildura Weekly prior to their departure that they were looking forward to the experience.
“’Stoney’ and I had talked about it (playing in England) between ourselves for a while,” Anderson said.
“Having English guys George Harding and Scott Steel play at Irymple in the last couple of years put it in our minds again.”
Steel joined the Swallows in the Sunraysia Cricket Association (SCA) for their premiership season of 2017/18, while Harding was based in Irymple for the first half of the most recent season.
Harding returned to the UK due to visa issues, as well training with his County Championship side Durham.
“With George playing County Cricket at Durham we weren’t able to use him (to help us) as much as we hoped but we’re ready to go,” Chase said.
“We had always wanted to do it, but it was just a matter of where and when. We’re not entirely sure what the standard will be like until we get over there and play a few games. We’ve talked to some people who have played in that competition, but even then it’s hard to compare.
“I think we’ll be using the Dukes balls which should get a bit of swing, hopefully.”
Riley said he and Chase always planned on playing together, however their competition restricts each team to only one import per season. Playing in the same competition was the next best result.
“My captain put me up in a sharehouse and said there was another room free if ‘Ando’ needed a place as well,” Chase said.
The Irymple premiership teammates are set to play against each other twice throughout the season, with the first match-up coming next weekend.
“We’ll see who gets one up on the other early on,” Riley said. “They’ll have bragging rights for a while.”
The duo will also travel around the UK and into Europe during time off from cricket.