English Bears Making a Splash

The Raine & Horne North Sydney Bears have a number of players plying their trade in the UK over winter. In August it has been a pair of English Bears making headlines. Lintott

Jake Lintott made his debut at the highest level of English domestic cricket for Hampshire in the final round of the T20 Blast. Fittingly, Jake’s breakthrough came against Somerset, the county where he played his under-age cricket. Never one to be overawed by the occasion, Jake picked up a wicket with his second delivery.

Jake first came to the Bears for a season of Australian cricket as an 18 year old and his fierce ambition was obvious. As well as two subsequent season with the Bears, Jake has played a summer in Sri Lanka and each English season plays club, minor county and county second XI cricket. At 24 Jake has played more cricket than most would in a lifetime and everyone at the Bears is delighted to see his hard work pay off.

Another English Bear, former first grade captain Jaik Mickleburgh, has also been on a quest to win back a county contract. After a lengthy stint with Essex, Jaik returned to club and minor county cricket this season and has assembled mind-boggling numbers. On top of 1020 at 63 for his club, Copdock and Old Ipswichian, Jaik has scored 1003 runs for minor county Suffolk at the Bradmanesque average of 91.18.

Other notable performances include:

  • James Newton continuing his strong form for Wickford CC in Essex. James passed 1000 runs for the season at an average of 56.11
  • Tom Jagot has been the standard bearer at Burwell CC with 724 runs at over 40
  • Alex Dolly has given all round value to Flowery Field CC in the Greater Manchester League with 457 runs and 11 wickets
  • Ray Alexander has consistently compiled innings for West Herts CC, accruing 561 runs at 35.06
  • Michael Oliver was part of Clevedon CC’s Bristol and Districts winning cup side, captained by Jake Lintott. Michael has had a strong season, taking 23 wickets and scoring 554 runs, including a century against the wonderfully named Winford Old Cathedralians CC
  • Toby Lester has been in solid form for Lancashire’s second XI, including taking a miserly 3/8 against Nottinghamshire in a T20 contest