Potters Bay sign Bankstown quick Mitch Phelps - 15/02/16

Mitchell Phelps

POTTERS BAR have signed Bankstown and Comets seamer Mitchell Phelps ahead of their Hertfordshire League campaign.

Phelps (24) is an exciting prospect playing for Bankstown in Sydney Grade cricket and the ACT in Australia’s Futures League competition. He has become a stand-out performer in Sydney Grade cricket for the Bulldogs since his first grade debut in 2011/12.

Over 135 matches, the right-arm quick has taken 218 wickets at 22.22, including 145 at 20 in the top flight.

Following a solid full first grade campaign in 2012/13 (29 wickets at 23.66) and a prolific English summer (2013), Phelps set Sydney Grade cricket alight in his break-through 2013/14 season (37 wickets at 17.54).

His exploits helped the Bulldogs to the Grand Final against the star-studded Sydney University side. Phelps produced one of the best spells of bowling in finals cricket.

Chasing Bankstown’s below-par 82 in the first innings, University were cruising at 21-1 before Phelps’ intervention. Replacing former Blackcaps quick Daryl Tuffey in the attack, he alongside Sydney Thunder paceman Nathan McAndrew (3-8) routed University for 39. Phelps took figures of 6-9 in his 6 over blast to include the notable wickets of NSW Blues’ batsman Sean Abbott, Nick Larkin and Ryan Carters.

He followed-up with figures of 3-27 (12) in the second innings, but was unable to get the Doggies over the line, with former CricX star Tim Ley (48*) guiding University to victory 7-down.

In 2014/15, Bankstown enjoyed another successful first grade season, making their way to a successive Grand Final, this time against Manly-Warringah.

Cometh the hour, cometh the man and it was Phelps that once again stole the show. He picked up the key wickets of first-class players Cameron Merchant (Northern Districts/Wellington), Stephen O’Keefe (Australia/NSW), Tim Cruickshank (NSW), Jay Lenton (NSW) and James Munting (South Australia) on his way to figures of 5-58 (25).

Unfortunately for the Doggies, they went down again, losing on first innings by 36 runs. Nevertheless, Phelps’ stocks continued to rise with a season tally of 26 wickets at 24.50.

In the current 2015/16 the trend continues – at the point of writing (15/02/2016), Phelps has a further 26 wickets at 20.31, not to mention a batting average of 27.67 with highest scores of 45 and 34 this season, following his 80* against North Sydney from number 11 in 2014/15.

Courtesy of his grade exploits, the Doggies quick gained selection for the ACT against the touring Afghan and Irish national sides in September/October 2014, before making his Futures League debut for the Comets a few weeks later.

He has since become a key figure of the ACT side, to include an outing against an England XI in January 2015, taking the wicket of World’s number one Test batsman Joe Root. He also picked up the figures of 5-79 (25.5) and 3-54 (15) in their match against the star-studded NSW side in early February.

Phelps is a high-class opening bowler, who after a three year absence of UK league cricket is set to return in 2016.

During his previous stint for Tickhill in 2015, he absolutely excelled. He dominated, topping the South Yorkshire Cricket League wicket charts with 80 poles at 9.79 (14 more than his nearest rival).

He took a handful of 5-wicket hauls, taking a particular liking to Rockingham Colliery with home and away figures of 13.3-4-24-7 and 13-8-10-6 respectively. His season tally was all the more impressive given his exceptional economy rate of 2.73 and strike rate of a wicket every 21.55 balls.

He proved his value with the bat too scoring 592 runs at 39.47 including a century from number 4 against Wath.

Phelps is a proven cricketer who represents one of our best overseas recruits for the upcoming season. Following his 8-wicket match haul for the Comets and his 5-36 against Wests for the Doggies over the past week, he has recently signed to play for Potters Bay in the Hertfordshire League top flight in 2016. . 

 

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