There’s plenty of cricket going on in the northern hemisphere other than the Ashes, and a lot of it involves Sydney University cricketers.
Will Somerville has shaken off the threat of becoming a “one cap wonder” by playing his second Test match for New Zealand, when he turned out for the Black caps against Sri Lanka in Galle. As well as taking four wickets, the former University off-spinner also contributed a valuable 40 not out in the second innings, although it wasn’t quite enough to prevent Sri Lanka from winning by six wickets.
Max Hope is dominating the Second Division of Middlesex League cricket in England. The demands of his day job (which appears to be taking selfies at Lord’s) haven’t drained his energy, and on the weekend he passed 1000 runs for the season. From 30 games for Brondesbury Cricket Club, he has 1009 runs at an average of 48.05, with two hundreds, and 38 wickets at 16.32.
Ben Trevor-Jones is turning out for Teddington in the First Division of the Middlesex League. He’s scored almost 500 runs so far this season, and secured bragging rights when Teddinton beat Brondesbury in a friendly match last Sunday.
Damien Mortimer has collected his first silverware with Malahide Cricket Club in Ireland, as Malahide won the Alan Murray Cup - the T20 competition for Leinster clubs. Malahide will now go on to compete in the All-Ireland T20 competition. So far this season, Damien has 743 runs for Malahide at an average of 41.28 (although his tally of wickets has been static at four for some time now).