Turney’s time with South wraps up… for now
SOUTH Portland’s campaign within the Portland and District Cricket Association’s 2018-19 season came to a close on Saturday and with it came the final game for English import Ash Turney.
Turney, 23, arrived in Australia from the United Kingdom in October and has spent the summer playing with South Portland.
“I’ve loved it honestly, I’ve had the best time of my life here, I couldn’t flaw the experience at all,” Turney said.
“Cricket wise the standard was better than I was anticipating.
“Knowing that Portland was kind of out in the middle of nowhere, I wasn’t sure what to expect as far as cricket went but I’ve played cricket with and against some fantastic players and really tested myself.
“I’ve been involved in some close games, sadly we were usually on the wrong side of most of them but it was good to get that first win a couple of weeks ago (against Portland Tigers, round 11).”
Hailing from Buckinghamshire, Turney’s home club is the Coventry and North Warwickshire Cricket Club.
It was a season full of new experiences for Turney – including playing on a synthetic hard wicket for the first time – in round three and copping a hiding (0-50) at the hands of Tyrendarra.
After a cautious start however Turney recovered quickly, making a name for himself as one of the competition’s finest bowlers.
Turney finished the season with 21 wickets at an average of 18.76, placing him in the top five bowlers of the competition – and ended up captaining his A grade side on multiple occasions, including at the Twenty20 Festival of Cricket in January.