Oxton sign Aussie legend Glen Batticciotto - 13/03/19

Glen Batticciotto

Oxton have signed dual Passport holding run machine Glen Batticciotto for their 2019 Cheshire League campaign.

Batticciotto (37) is, quite simply, a run scoring machine who has excelled in both the UK and Australia for two decades. The former Australian Under-19 and Queensland State batsman has racked up over 15,000 runs and taken nearly 400 wickets in club cricket.

Son of a Sicillian father and English mother, Batticciotto has used his British Passport play 8 seasons in the UK and has featured at County 2nd XI level for Lancashire, Kent and Essex.

He boasts incredible stats – only averaging less than 50 on one occasion – his final season over in 2013, when he struck 885 runs at 49.17, to include an unbeaten double hundred (200*).

With the ball, his medium-pace has proved very useful, to include 38 wickets at 18.32 (2012) and 31 wickets at 19.29 (2013) during his two most recent seasons for Saffron Walden in the East Anglian Premier League.

Back in Australia, Batticciotto has starred in Queensland’s Grade Competition for Sandgate-Redcliffe for over a decade.

His 2007/08 season (741 runs at 67.38 in all cricket) won him the Peter Burge Medal and was responsible for a Queensland Bulls contract and spot in the QAS team. The left-handed batsman struck a half-century on debut for the QAS, then, in November 2009, hit his maiden first-class hundred (101) against Tasmania.

In his 75 matches for Sandgate-Redcliffe, the run machine racked up 3,127 runs at 39.58 alongside 63 wickets at 21.40. He averaged 50 plus in three seasons, namely 682 runs at 68.20 (2007/08), 321 runs at 53.50 (2009/10) and 613 runs at 51.08 (2015/16).

Statistically, his best season with the ball for the club was his final one in 2015/16, taking 17 wickets at 17.24.

In recent years, he has left Grade cricket to play locally for Caboolture Sports Cricket Club in the Sunshine Coast Cricket Association – the side he also skippers.

Unsurprisingly, he continues to excel – 774 runs at 48.38 and 14 wickets at 20.71 in 2016/17 and currently sits on 984 runs at 61.50 with 5 centuries this summer alone.

After a few years’ hiatus, the batting all-rounder is now set to embark on another UK stint having signed with Oxton for their 2019 Cheshire County Cricket League campaign.

 

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