SMRH sign Warriors' Renegade Tom Beaton - 11/02/16

Tom Beaton

SMRH have pulled off a coup with the signing of Big Bash star, Melbourne Renegades batsman Tom Beaton.

Beaton (25) is a state contracted batsman with Western Australia who has also featured in the Big Bash League for both the Perth Scorchers (2011/12-13/14) and Melbourne Renegades (2014/15-15/16).

He is a player of considerable pedigree who progressed through the Australian Academy set-up, became a Junior World Cup winner and captained the Australian Under-19’s.

He has played 12 first-class and 11 List-A matches for the Warriors, alongside 20 Big Bash matches since his one-day debut in 2010.

Alongside his State commitments, Beaton has been a dominant force for WA Under-23’s in Futures League cricket and one of the stand-out’s in Perth district cricket.

Between the 2010/11 and 2014/15 seasons, Beaton has been one of the most prolific batsman on the WACA 1st Grade circuit.

Playing for Mount Lawley, the run machine has churned out 2,872 runs at 47.87 including 7 hundreds, 14 fifties and highest score of 226.

He has a proven record of converting starts, into big hundreds. Beaton has scored 15 centuries for Mount Lawley, including three doubles. He scored his first double century (203*) for the Under-15s (Watkins Shield), then a few years later another for the Under-17s (250*).

His most recent was a double in 1st Grade (226) in a 2012/13 season where he racked up 795 runs at 56.79 (3x100s).

The following summer, Beaton notched up a further three 1st Grade hundreds amongst 832 runs at 52.

After a short stint in England for Drakes Huddersfield Premiership club Skelmanthorpe (608 runs at 43.43), he returned to Perth and enjoyed another prolific season scoring 400 runs at 50 with a highest score of 150* (2014/15).

Beaton is unsurprisingly in tremendous nick once again in Grade cricket for Mount Lawley and for Western Australia, with whom he scored a 2nd XI ton against Victoria in October 2015.

The top-order batsman has also been actively developing his off-spin, in a view to becoming a genuine all-rounder.

In 2014/15, he took 10 wickets at 21.60 at club level, then the first-class wickets of South Australian’s Travis Head and Kelvin Smith.

Beaton is a high-class prospect, eager to cement his Warriors spot in all formats. He was included in the respective IPL and CPL drafts, but after being overlooked at auction, he has signed to play a season in Scotland later this summer.

He will join Edinburgh-based club SMRH who will compete in the Baillie Gifford East of Scotland Cricket Association Championship (top tier) in 2016. .

 

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