Aussie star signs off in fine style

Wiseton v Farnsfield II.  Wiseton batsman James Moss  (G110531-1b)
Wiseton v Farnsfield II. Wiseton batsman James Moss (G110531-1b)

WISETON’S Australian star James Moss has signed off in record breaking style.

The 21-year-old from Adelaide played in his last Sunday fixture for the club, in the Newark Alliance League, last weekend – and gave locals something to remember him by.

Moss hit an incredible 274 runs as Wiseton made 348 in their win over Ransome and Marles.

He moved to England four months ago, after a burgeoning career in another sport was cruelly cut short.

Moss told the Standard: “I was rookie listed for the Adelaide Crows, an Aussie Rules Football club, full-time in their development programme.”

“But I had a bad hip injury, and because I had played state junior cricket and got into the Australian Under 19 side I wanted to come and experience a bit of cricket in another country.”

The youngster’s grandparents were born in Yorkshire, so he naturally gravitated towards the north, but how he came to be a Wiseton player was more chance than design.

“I got in contact with an agency, and Wiseton were going through the same agency to get a player so it was pot luck that we got put together,” he said.

“But once I came in they made me feel at home, I got invited to people’s homes for dinner and I couldn’t have asked for a better club really.”

Having made the decision to move back home, with the promise of some trials for an Australian club, Moss actually hadn’t planned on featuring in Sunday’s game against Ransome and Marles.

But he, and the club, are delighted that he eventually took to the field.

“I had my leaving party in Retford the night before, and I wasn’t feeling my best, so I tried to get someone else to play. But I ended up taking part in the game, and I just set out in a positive frame of mind to hit every ball.”

“I got past 100 and I was hitting everything pretty clean, so I just kept going.”

And the result was a club record innings, including an incredible 25 fours and 24 sixes – one of the latter even clearing the pavilion and denting one of his team-mate’s cars.

Moss was understandably proud to leave the club on such a high note.

“When I got out I was trying to get to 300, but you can’t really complain about getting 274 in a one-day game,” he said.

“I think everyone was in disbelief, it was quite surprising but a fantastic way to sign off.”

“I’m heading home now and looking forward to it, four months is a long time to be away from family and my girlfriend, but I’ve had a great time with Wiseton.”

Club vice chairman Adam Kay says the Australian will be missed.

“James is a really good person, a fantastic individual and he’s joined in with everything at the club. He’s a great ambassador for his country.”