Cuckfield sign Birthday Boy Harry Nielsen - 03/05/19

Harry Nielsen

Cuckfield have signed Redbacks' wicket-keeper batsman Harry Nielsen for their Sussex League season.

Nielsen, who is celebrating his 24th birthday in Hawaii today, is an exceptionally talented wicket-keeper batsman playing for South Australia.

Son of former SACA legend and Australian Head Coach, Tim Nielsen, the prodigy has played 24 matches across the three formats to date and boasts impressive numbers.

He averages 23.36 (FC), 38.75 (List A) and 40 (T20), to include a best innings of 105 on his Sheffield Shield debut.

Nielsen earned his State call-up following his exploits for Woodville Cricket Club (3,788 runs at 39.87 at the point of writing) in SACA Grade Cricket and for the Redbacks in the Futures League.

He was the leading run-scorer in the latter during the 2016/17 season and has struck 848 runs at 56.53 (including a highest score of 217*) and 539 runs at 44.93 over the past two seasons, respectively.

He was upgraded from a rookie to full State contract in 2017/18 and turned out for the Cricket Australia XI squad in the JLT One-Day Comp, topping the sides batting averages.

Nielsen was added to the Adelaide Strikers squad for their semi-final match but was released due to Alex Carey’s return for the BBL final.

Over the past few years, Nielsen has been a Cricket Australia XI regular, hitting a notable 43 from 40 balls against the touring Indians. He then kept wicket for the South Africans, as Quinton de Kock’s replacement, against Cricket Australia XI, before earning his Redbacks contract.

Nielsen, who plays under-study to Carey for both South Australia and the Strikers, is now set on a UK return in 2019, having previously spent two seasons in Yorkshire for Ilkley in the Airedale and Wharfedale Senior League (2013-14 – 1,030 runs at 34.33).

The British Passport holder is set to replace Redbacks' team-mate Jake Weatherald at Cuckfield for their 2019 Sussex Cricket League campaign.


Check out Harry's CricX profile here


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