Banstead is delighted to announce the signing of Australian A wicket-keeper batter Patrick Rowe ahead of their 2022 Surrey Championship campaign.

A serious prospect

Rowe is an exciting prospect coming through the Victorian ranks in Australia. A schoolboy prodigy, Rowe is an opening batter who keeps wicket, who has excelled at every level to date, culminating with his first-class debut for Australia A v India in December 2020.

Aussie young gun

His inclusion was just reward for his exploits for VIC at the National Under-17, and 19 Championships over the years. In September 2016, he belted 327 runs at 40.87 (U17s), before representing Cricket Australia at the U19 carnival in December 2016. He played in the following U17 tournament, then two further U19 Championships, hitting a ton (135* v NSW) with an average of 57.33 during the latter (Dec 2019).

The previous summer, he also represented VIC U23s in the Futures League competition. Rowe’s success has also generated 13 outings for the Australian Under-19s to include the 2020 ICC Under-19 World Cup in South Africa.

Premier run machine

At Premier Grade level, Rowe plays for the famous St Kilda club, home to the legend that is Shane Warne. He struck 261 runs at 26.10 (2018/19) in Premier 1st Grade during his maiden season and has then backed up with season tallies of 145 at 36.25 (2019/20), and 411 at 31.62 (2020/21).

This summer, he continues to dominate with 357 runs at 89.25 including notable scores of 75 (v Kingston Hawthorn), 126* (v Greenvale Kangaroos), 78 (v Casey-South Melbourne), and 74 (v Essendon). He was also picked up for a BBL match for the Melbourne Stars.

Devon success

The run machine has high hopes of State selection this summer and thereafter is returning to the UK following a couple of stints in the Devon League for Sandford (2016-17), where he produced highest scores of 91 and 100 in his mid-teens. Rowe was also a Free Foresters regular, something he plans to continue playing in 2022, with his highlight in 2017 a brilliant 160 against Oxford University.

Now set for Surrey

Rowe is a serious prospect who has signed for Banstead Cricket Club for their 2022 Surrey Championship campaign.