Pommie pair will be padding up for Easts this summer
EASTS cricket club are applying the Ashes theory to the upcoming season and have decided that if Australians can no longer beat the Poms, they might as well join them.
The club is importing two English school-leavers who formerly played with top Easts batsman Doug Harris during his three season stint in England.
Harris, who was one of the top run-scorers in the Clarence River Cricket Association last year, has been instrumental in creating the link with the two 18 year-old players who are arriving here in the next month.
"I coached and played with Jordan Elliot at Elmstead when I was over there and played against Rob Jones a number of times too, before he joined our Sunday competition team," Harris said.
"Both boys are 18 years-old and have just completed their schooling at the Colne Cricket Academy.
"We've invited them over to play with us and we're helping them out as best we can by organising them a place to stay, holding some fundraisers and trying to get them some work."
Easts major sponsor the Grafton District Services Club has got right behind the exchange, as has local cafe The Coffee Club, with the franchisee a former Easts player.
"Ashley at the Coffee Club has said he will give the boys a bit of training and a few shifts, to help them out to start with," Harris said.
"And Coffs Harbour based cricket brand Mustang is chipping in with some support too.
"Mustang has the whole range of gear available now, from gloves and pads right through to bats. It's only a small brand at the moment but they are making some quality gear."
Aside from providing the two visitors with what Easts hopes is a terrific experience the club is also hoping to create a bit more interest in Clarence Valley cricket.
"It's no secret that player numbers and interest in cricket is in decline, so hopefully this will create a bit more interest in local cricket," Harris said.
"It's not an easy thing to organise, so we are looking for help to ensure it is a great experience for Jordan and Rob.
"It has the potential to open plenty of doors for some of our young players coming through too."