Millichamp and Hall’s newest signing has started his winter season down under in Sydney, Australia. Rew is playing for the North Sydney Bears who compete in the Sydney Premier Competition.
Though he has only been there for a short time, Rew is certainly enjoying his time on the Southeast Australian coast. “Sydney is great, I have been fishing, playing some golf, and more importantly playing some cricket with a great team and a great bunch of lads.”
“The atmosphere at North Sydney is incredible, partnered with some great wins, has made my experience so far to be one to remember.
The Australian club cricket scene is renowned as one of the best in the world for a cricketer’s development, this was why Rew was eager to spend his Winter on the Australian coast.
“The standard of cricket is very similar to a county second eleven, you have quick bowlers, good spinners, and teams that can bat all the way through.”
“The wickets have been genuinely very good and true, with the ball coming on a lot quicker.”
The big difference between club cricket in the UK to Australia is that clubs play two-day games over two Saturdays. This means, if you get out early, there’s a chance you might not bat for another couple of weeks.
“I have found the two-day system good for my development, it teaches you to value your wicket. Otherwise, you can spend a lot of time watching.”
After having a brilliant debut season for Somerset, scoring both his maiden first class century and his maiden List A century. Rew is eager to make more memorable scores. “We have an England under 19 series against Australia, which will feature some test matches, ODI’s, and T20’s, which I will definitely want to be involved in.”
“Playing all formats will be good for me, and It will prepare me for the 2023 season with Somerset.”
Rew’s M&H bat of choice is the iconic ‘Original’ which he is using down under. The Original is a special memory for a lot of M&H customers, especially for those down under. Legends like Steve Waugh, Adam Gilchrist, and Michael Bevan to name a few have used the legendary stick. Speaking on his weapon of choice, Rew said, “It’s certainly caught the eye of some players down here.”
“A lot of my teammates and opposition have mentioned that their fathers before them used it in the 90s.”
“They keep asking me if they can get one, so hopefully the better I bat, the more interest Millichamp and Hall will get,” Rew jokingly says.
We continue to wish James Rew all the best down under, and we look forward to seeing him back here in the Taunton factory soon.