Big-hitting Aussie signs for Uphill Castle
PUBLISHED: 14:07 14 February 2018
A big-hitting Aussie has signed for Uphill Castle Cricket Club, hoping to return home with silverware.
Queenslander Dayne Siede has penned a deal with the Castle for the 2018 season, setting his sights on a successful campaign.
Standing at 6ft 5in, the aggressive number-three batsman is ‘excited’ to join a club which won promotion back to the West of England Premier League Somerset Division last season.
He told the Mercury: “I am looking forward to joining Uphill Castle and I’m hoping to bring a trophy with it.”
Captain Andy Llewellyn said: “I’m over the moon we have signed Dayne. Lots of work has been done behind the scenes by Gareth Williams and Ade Gardener scouting a player of this quality.”
The 21-year-old plays for Mudgeeraba-Nerang Cricket Club on Queensland’s Gold Coast, cutting his teeth in the Gold Coast 1st Grade League.
He has plundered more than 300 runs so far this campaign, with his side sitting fourth in the table and chasing the title.
He hit a maiden 1st grade ton for the Bushmen a year ago, smashing 109 not out in a knock which featured 12 fours and five sixes.
That season he won admiration from the Mudgeeraba-Nerang hierarchy after rising from the club’s 4th grade side to become a key first-team player.
Siede is also a handy part-time bowler, claiming nine wickets at an average of 11 in 17 1st grade games.
He joins a long list of Australians who have represented the Castle, including Brett Crosdale, Jody Whitehead and Tom Moffat.
Siede said he was pleased to join such illustrious company, adding: “I haven’t played overseas before but I’m looking forward to this opportunity and I’m expecting a good experience.
“I am hoping to learn a different type of cricket, but I also want to have fun and create some memories. Hopefully I will come out of the trip a better person.”