Winter Down Under

Winter in Red Hot Form

​South Australian talent Jake Winter, who spent the 2017 summer at South Wilts scoring over 560 ECB Southern Premier League runs, is back in form Down Under after missing the entire 2019/20 Adelaide season following surgery on a hip injury. He was in the form of his life and knocking loudly on the door for potential SA Redbacks selection the previous Australian season, thumping a double century, besides two other hundreds for his grade side Glenelg in the state’s West End Premiership. “I had to have an arthroscopy to repair the labrum that had torn, so it took a while to get back playing again,” he explained. But Winter came bouncing back with an unbeaten 112 which powered Glenelg to a nine-wicket win over Prospect in the latest round of 50-over matches. “It definitely felt good to score my first ton in a couple years. But to come back from such a long lay-off and start to put some consistent scores together has felt very good.” Winter says he’d love another crack at playing for South Wilts, but adds with caution: “It’s the visas that are a problem.” South Wilts’ teenage left-arm quick Josh Croom, who is spending the winter at Darren Lehmann’s Academy in Adelaide, continues to impress in Second Grade cricket for Glenelg, taking 2-13 off an eight-over spell against Prospect II last weekend. “I’d would have had a five-fer but for three spilled catches, ironically, all by the same fielder,” he groaned.

James Hayward