Hampstead is delighted to confirm their star Australian all-rounder, Steve McGiffin, will return for a second Middlesex League stint next summer.
McGiffin is a stand-out Premier Grade all-rounder who broke into the Brisbane Heat side towards the end of the last BBL campaign and is pushing for Queensland Bulls (State) selection.
His BBL call-up (Jan 2022) came courtesy of his exploits for Western Suburbs District who play in Queensland’s Premier First Grade Competition. McGiffin is West’s number 4 bat who bowls first-change in 2-Day cricket, and middle/death overs in T20s.
He broke into First Grade during the 2016/17, where he notched up 346 runs at 43.25 alongside 42 wickets at 16.55. The trend has continued since, with several run and wicket-filled seasons. In 2020/21 he belted 767 runs at 51.13 and bagged 29 wickets at 27.76, before another dominant 2021/22 season (693 runs at 43.31 and 27 wickets at 21.52).
He has become a leader around the group and has previously skippered T20 sides, including the Mackay Bash winning side that collected a cool $40,000 cash pot. He currently plays alongside State/BBL players including Blake Edwards, Arjun Nair, Steve Paulsen, and Sam Truloff, and regularly turns out against Australian Test stars Marnus Labuschagne, Joe Burns, and Usman Khawaja.
Over the past 4 years, he has been inside the top 5 Peter Burge Medal finalists (Queensland Premier Grade) and has won a Premier First Grade title with Wests.
His success in recent years has been recognised with Queensland 2nd XI selection, having previously represented the State Under-17 and 19 sides at the National Championships. His highlight – figures of 3-24 (3), and a 22-ball 46* to help Queensland to T20 victory over Tasmania.
McGiffin is not only an incredibly gifted cricketer, but he is also an accredited and practicing coach, who is currently the 1st XI coach at Ambrose Treacy College.
The Australian star has also dominated in his two seasons abroad. During his initial stint (2017) with Northchurch in Hertfordshire, he was the league’s leading run churner hitting 1,048 runs at 104.80, amongst a quite incredible run tally of 1,442 runs at 65.55 and 36 wickets at 20.94 in all cricket. Last summer, he continued to excel, this time for Hampstead in the Middlesex Premier League hitting 962 runs at 50.63 in League and Cup cricket.
Given his success, Hampstead was quick to re-sign their Aussie all-rounder for a second season in 2023.