Aussie recruit brings some spin
Southland's new cricket recruit Ryan Meyer is looking forward to see how far he can progress during a stint playing in New Zealand.
The former Australian under-19 squad member arrived in Invercargill last week ready for a crack at playing in Southland.
He has joined the Southland Cricket Association in a part-time coaching position and will play for the Invercargill-Old Boys Cricket Club with the likelihood of also being a key member of Southland's Hawke Cup campaign.
The 21-year-old is a left-arm wrist spinner, who is also very useful with the bat
Meyer is from Tasmania but moved to the Gold Coast when he was 14.
He represented Queensland at under-17 and under-19 level and, in 2010, was part of the wider Australian under-19 squad of 24 players but missed the final cut to attend the World Cup in New Zealand that year.
Before joining Southland, Meyer played in England for the March Town club in the Cambridgeshire Premier League. He waslured to Southland by Southern Steel netball boss David Bannister.
Bannister had worked with Meyer in Queensland and recommended he give playing in New Zealand a shot.
What Meyer wants to get out of playing in New Zealand is pretty simple.
"It's basically to see how far I can go really. From what I hear there's not a lot of wrist spinners in New Zealand, so it's basically work hard, train hard and see what happens," he said.
"It doesn't come easy so there's a lot of hard work to be put in."
His introduction to Invercargill hasn't been pleasant, with the weather wet and cold so far but he says he has enjoyed his stay to date.
"It's been good so far, everyone has been nice and welcoming."
Meyer is scheduled to get his first real introduction to Southland cricket when the senior Twenty20 competition is launched on Saturday - although some nasty weather is threatening.
The Australian will link with former Indian under-19 spinner Khanin Saikia to form a formidable spinning combination at the Invercargill-Old Boys club in their quest for 2012-13 success.
Invercargill-Old Boys have formed one of their strongest teams in many seasons with plenty of depth and Meyer joined the club for his first training last week.
"They're a nice bunch of lads," he said.
He acknowledged the smaller Southland cricket clubs were different than what he was used to.
"It's a lot different because back home we have, like, five grades - first, second, third, fourth, fifth - and then we have under-18s, under-16s," he said.
"So in a club there's a lot of people running around. There's 90 people at training, you've got coaches, you've got drills, so it's a lot different here but it's a new experience."
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