Hadleigh club wants you!
By STEVE SPINKS firstname.lastname@example.org
IF YOU'RE young and a Far North Coast LJ Hooker League standard cricketer, Jordan Waugh could have the job of a lifetime for you.
Waugh, a Tintenbar-East Ballina left-arm orthodox spin bowler, has had to pull out of playing with English club side Hadleigh in the East Anglia Two Counties League due to work commitments at his family's Lennox Head fruit and vegetable store.
But to help out the club he has spent two seasons with, Waugh is on the lookout for any keen young cricketers to fill his position.
"It's a really good opportunity," Waugh said.
"Hadleigh are a nice bunch of blokes and there is free accommodation and they get you a job while you're there.
"They look after you pretty well."
Waugh has had two stints with Hadleigh in 2005 and 2007. He came upon the club while travelling in England and filled in as their overseas player at the last moment when a South African player was deported.
"My first season there, I took 50 wickets in 16 games," he said.
"It's probably Hooker League standard cricket and you come across some decent cricketers."
Making the stint even more appealing is the fact that Hadleigh is only 10km from Ipswich which is the major centre in Suffolk and only 90 minutes from London.
Stanstead Airport, which is a major European travel hub, is only 40 minutes away.
"They like Aussies to play for them and they're happy for me to try and find somebody to go over there," Waugh said.
"They'd prefer a bowler but they'd probably take a batsman."
The catch is that any prospective player has to be in England by early May.
"The club can help to fast-track working visas but they need to know quickly," Waugh said.
When asked if any of his Tintenbar-East Ballina team-mates were keen to take his spot the 26-year-old chuckled: "The Tintenbar boys are getting on a bit and all have wives or jobs.
This would really suit an 18-, 19- or 20-year-old. It's the perfect opportunity."
Waugh is also keen on setting up a regular exchange with the English club and is keen to talk to club officials locally to set up the arrangement.
If anyone is interested in playing with Hadleigh, contact Waugh on 0428 876 137.