Cannock swoop for Marshall - 23/03/15

Wesley MarshallCANNOCK have moved swifty to replace original overseas Brian Barnard with Easterns batsman Wesley Marshall.

Marshall (21) is a prodigious talent who recently concluded his maiden season’s first-class cricket for Easterns, where he scored 374 runs at 28.76 including 1 hundred (103) and 3 fifties (73, 75, 71).

The right-hand opening batsman scored half-centuries in both innings against Western Province in only his second first-class outing before notching up his maiden century against KwaZulu-Natal Inland in his fifth.

He finished the Sunfoil 3-Day Cup with his third fifty – 71 against Namibia in what was his 7th first-class game to date.

Marshall’s success during his opening season for Easterns came as no surprise, given his exploits in under-age group cricket. He represented the province through the age-groups, to include the under-17 and 19 weeks. During the former, he was the tournament’s leading run-scorer (405 runs in 6 matches) culminating with the award for South Africa Under-17s best batsman.

Marshall was equally prolific for St Dunstan’s school, where he represented both cricket and rugby first teams. He became the first player to receive honours for cricket at the school courtesy of topping the run charts from 2010 to 2012. He still holds the record for most first team runs at St Dunstans.

In 2014, Marshall spent the summer plying his trade in England, for Trowbridge in the Wiltshire Division of the strong West of England Premier League. He set the league alight during the opening stages of the season, hitting scores of 106, 50, 123*, 59 and 137 (475 runs at 118.75), before finishing the summer with 622 runs at 44.43.

He also showed his ability with the ball – his off-spin taking 19 wickets at 23.42 – a skill set he has continued to develop at Premier club level in South Africa for home club Kempton Park since his return.

The 21-year-old has just signed with Cannock, to replace Gauteng's Brian Barnard who unfortunately, due to a recent car accident, is unable to travel abroad this summer.


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