Ealing reel in Redbacks' Elliot Opie - 03/02/15

Elliot OpieEALING have bagged the services of former Redbacks' Rookie Elliot Opie ahead of their 2015 MCCL season.

Opie (23) is a talented 194cm seamer and competent lower-order batsman who has been one of the stand-out performers in the South Australian Grade Competition in recent seasons.

Over 96 A Grade matches, Opie has taken a staggering 202 wickets at 19.58. He has seven 5-wicket hauls; best bowling figures of 8-19 (en-route to a 12-wicket match haul against West Torrens) and boasts an incredible strike-rate in Grade cricket of 32.02 balls per wicket.

Opie’s stellar 2010/11 season where he took 42 wickets at 11.81 for Kensington, to finish second on the Grade wicket charts behind Chadd Sayers (Australia A) helped him earn Futures League selection for the State.

He also gained selection in the A Grade “Team of the Season” and picked up the Jason Gillespie Medal, awarded to SACA Grade cricket’s Rising Star.

His exploits culminated with a Rookie contract and 12th man duties for the Redbacks in 2011/12, in which he captured another 44 grade wickets at 12.20.

In 2012/13, he enjoyed further success, finishing third on the A grade wicket tally with 45 wickets at 22. During this prolific three-season period, Opie was the SACA Grade Competitions leading wicket-taker with 133 wickets at 16.08.

Unfortunately a spate of injury setbacks over the past two summers have hampered his progression towards State cricket, playing only 5 Futures League matches since 2011.

Nevertheless (and touch wood), Opie has enjoyed an injury-free 2014/15 summer in which he’s taken 20 wickets at 28.35 including best bowling figures of 5-75 for Kensington in A Grade cricket to date.

He is now eager to work his way into the Redbacks side and part of this process is to play a season abroad, hence signing with the strong Middlesex Premier League club in 2015.


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