English Redback itching to get a shot at playing on SCG

NORTH Tamworth Redbacks’  English import Stuart Plant is one person looking forward to Sunday’s SCG Country Cup trek to Coffs Harbour.

The young left-arm finger spinner came to Australia to play cricket and travel around the bright, new country.

“It’s always  good to trip around somewhere ... have a look around,”  Plant said.

He’s having a “massively good time” so far, both tripping around and playing cricket.

“I came over to primarily play cricket,” he said.

“And that’s been great. I’ve taken more wickets so far than I’d expected. It’s been great to go somewhere different too.”

He’s hoping for more success at Coffs Harbour on Sunday to guarantee him a trek to the South Coast for the December 28/29 finals and maybe even a trip to the Sydney Cricket Ground for the Country Cup Final.

“My mates at home wouldn’t believe me,” he said.

“To come over here, play cricket out in the country and then get to play on the SCG.”

He hails from Bollington, a town where a couple of Tamworth  boys, Adam Jones and Michael Rixon, played and from where Calum Rowe, out here playing with Bective-East Bulls and also a member of Sunday’s Tamworth side, is also from.

“We played together a fair bit until Cal moved to Alderley Edge,” Plant said.

“Cal’s starting to find his form out here too. 

“He’s been scoring a lot of runs back home the last few seasons.”

Plant’s North Tamworth team is  the defending premier but has been disappointing so far this season.

He hopes that changes at Chaffey Park tomorrow when the Redbacks tackle City United.

In other games, Rowe’s Bective-East plays West Tamworth at Dick Edwards and South Tamworth and Old Boys stage a top-of-the-table clash at No 1 Oval.

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