Three Bridges are delighted to announce the signing of Auckland Aces batting all-rounder, William O’Donnell for their 2020 Sussex Cricket League campaign.
Quite the talent
O’Donnell is a young batting all-rounder who seems destined for the big time. A tall, powerful batsman and right-arm off-spinner, O’Donnell has already represented the Auckland Aces in both red and white-ball cricket and has been earmarked for high honours with selection for the New Zealand XI side that played against the touring Sri Lankans in December 2018.
It’s in the blood
Cricket is in the O’Donnell blood – Will’s father is long-standing Aces coach, Mark O’Donnell, whilst brother Rob is an established Auckland batsman. The younger brother stepped up to the Aces set-up in November 2018, hitting 48 on his List A debut against Canterbury. He struck notable scores of 22 and 52* against a full-strength Sri Lankan attack in December, before making his Plunket Shield debut in March 2019, hitting a high of 26 and taking his maiden wicket against Otago.
An All-Round Ace
The talented all-rounder was rewarded with an Aces debut courtesy of his run and wicket-taking exploits for Takapuna in the Auckland Premier Men’s Competition.
Since the 2015/16 season, O’Donnell has racked up 2,572 runs at 43.59 alongside 47 wickets at 24.09 (in One and Two-Day cricket). He has struck 6 centuries, including a double (230*) last season.
His stats are on the rise, with season tallies of 573 runs at 47.75 (2016/17 – Two Day); 430 runs at 53.75 (2017/18 – One Day) and 295 runs at 73.75 (2018/19 – Two Day) not to mention 30 wickets at 18.30 across the formats with the ball last summer.
O’Donnell signs with Three Bridges
O’Donnell, who holds a UK Ancestry Visa, is looking for more Aces game-time this summer and thereafter, is set to embark on a season with Sussex Premier outfit Three Bridges, following several stints with Norwich previously (2016-18 – 3,121 runs at 51.16 and 98 wickets at 22.06). During his time abroad, the all-rounder has represented the UK Armed Forces and the Kent / Essex 2nd XI’s.
A high-class prospect and someone that is eager to impress for his newly adopted club next summer.