English import hoping he can make a mark
October 22, 2014
WARM WELCOME: PBBC Colts captain Matt Rose (left) will give UK import Nii-Amaa Ollennu and Daniel Harris time to settle into the new season Photo: Trevor Veale / Coffs Coast Advocate
SIX months playing cricket while bathed in Australian sunshine is the perfect antidote to an English winter for Nii-Amaa Ollennu.
The fast bowler was encouraged to link up with Park Beach Bowling Club Colts on the recommendation of Daniel Harris who was enjoying a short season with London club Hornsey, playing in the Middlesex competition.
“I’m in the final stages of my law degree and have a couple of months off before doing final exams, so ‘Harry’ suggested coming over for the summer,” Ollennu said.
“I don’t have to return before April next year, so plenty of time to help the boys win the title and have some fun at the same time.
“They are a great bunch of blokes and I hope I can make a mark for the club this summer.”
During the stay he’ll be working at Morfish Cafe and helping Harris with his
Mustang Cricket supply business.
Ollennu had a difficult debut against Sawtell on the weekend.
He contributed just one run before becoming one of Trent Mitchell’s six scalps and finished with figures of 0/48 from his nine overs.
Colts skipper Matt Rose said the club’s four new recruits would be given time to settle in.
“Apart from Nii, we picked up Lindsay Mamone from Nana Glen, who’ll go straight into first grade,” Rose said.
“Jamie Bekis has joined from Warrell Creek in the Nambucca competition, along with Randell Le Gruiter from Albury.”
Losses are handy batsman Josh Innes and fast bowler Trent Statham, who is trying his luck in Brisbane.