Far North Coast cricketers off to play in England this year are, from left, Jarryd Thompson, 18, of Alstonville, Dain Moreton, 18, of Clunes, and Tom Sky, 18, of Lismore.
Far North Coast cricketers off to play in England this year are, from left, Jarryd Thompson, 18, of Alstonville, Dain Moreton, 18, of Clunes, and Tom Sky, 18, of Lismore. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

London to a brick

YOUNG cricketers Dain Moreton, Tom Sky and Jarryd Thompson all took off in different directions when they finished Year 12 at St John's College, Woodlawn, last year.

But they are about to be re-united for the next six months when they leave for a stint in England next Tuesday.

They will play for the Richmond Cricket Club, near London.

Moreton was awarded the Adam Gilchrist Scholarship while Stan Gilchrist made a few calls to assist Sky and Thompson on their journey.

"They had room for us as well so I'm lucky enough to be heading over," Sky said.

"I've always wanted to go overseas to play but it's come a bit sooner than expected."

The boys are around the age that Adam Gilchrist was when he played at Richmond.

"The scholarship takes the player to that club every year and I'm the 12th one, I think," Moreton said.

"(Adam) Gilchrist went when he was our age and has kept a strong connection with the club.

"I wanted to go somewhere where I could improve my cricket and I've never been overseas before.

"We'll play Saturday and Sunday and do a few tours in the countryside."

Sky played for Workers Goonellabah last year before moving to Sydney to play lower grades for Manly.

The wicketkeeper-batsman from Caniaba says he struggled to adapt to the change of lifestyle but is more confident this time.

"I was straight out of school and a few wet wickets didn't help," Sky said.

"I've heard good things about the standard in England and I'd love to play with Morto.

"We'll rely on each other while we're there and stay connected where possible."

Thompson, who has spent the past couple of seasons in the Far North Coast LJ Hooker League with Alstonville, will have to watch Moreton and Sky leave without him on Tuesday.

The 18-year-old batsman has had trouble with getting a passport but expects to be hot on their heals.

"It might take me an extra week and then hopefully I'll be there," Thompson said.

"I just want to play a bit of cricket and go out.

"We'll be playing about three times a week so it should really improve my cricket."



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