Overseas player unveiled at Chipping Sodbury

February 28 2016

CHIPPING Sodbury’s hopes for the new cricket season have been given a boost by the news that New Zealander Phil Lill is to be their overseas player for the summer.

Phil Lill

CHIPPING Sodbury’s hopes for the new cricket season have been given a boost by the news that New Zealander Phil Lill is to be their overseas player for the summer.
The 25-year-old batting all-rounder will also play a key role off the pitch, coaching senior players as well as the club’s thriving youth section.
Phil has spent previous summers playing for clubs in Cornwall and Hertford, and has appeared for the South Canterbury Senior squad, a high level of cricket in the Kiwi club cricket structure.
Lill, who currently resides in the South Island town of Geraldine plays for Temuka.
His career to date includes an unbeaten 134 and sharing an unbeaten third wicket partnership of 321 for Wadebridge; and taking five wickets followed by an unbeaten half century in one game for Reed CC, in Hertford.
Recently appointed Sodbury first team captain Jamie Rendell told Yate and Sodbury  Voice, “We’re delighted that Phil will be joining us this season, he will make a big impact on a Saturday, helping our young first team compete in their new WEPL division and he will also coach the clubs improving junior section during the week.”
Lill, who recently made his debut for South Canterbury in the Hawke Cup, said: “Looking back at the cricketer I was before I came to England and the cricketer I am now after those two summers is hard to even compare”.
“After that exposure to different conditions, wickets, players and grounds, I feel as though I have really matured as a cricketer. There’s something about being in England that helps you grow on and off the pitch … making new friends and team mates, you learn to adapt and become more confident in yourself.
As an overseas player, Lill says he knows all about the constant pressure to perform:“it’s all about how you handle it, I enjoy the pressure because it’s a high risk, high reward atmosphere. If things don’t work one week, you have six days to sort it.”
Lill had a few options for the summer on the table but after speaking to some of the Sodbury team and club representatives he quickly made his mind up.
“The key for me is the fact that the club has a serious history, a huge junior section and real family-feel. Nothing is more rewarding for someone in my shoes than to get in the middle of the club and feed off the enthusiasm of everyone else.”
Winter training for Sodbury players of all ages is already underway:
Under-11s
Fridays - 6pm to 7.25pm (every other week) at Yate International Academy (New Sports Complex), on March 4th and 18th.
 Under-13s
 Fridays - 6pm to 7.25pm at Yate International Academy (New Sports Complex) on  March 11th.
 Under-15s
Fridays - 7.30pm to 8.55pm (every other week) at Yate International Academy (New Sports Complex) on March 4th and 18th.
Under-17s
Fridays - 7.30pm to 8.55pm (every other week) at Yate International Academy (New Sports Complex) on March 11th.
Seniors
Thursdays - 8pm to 10pm at Yate International Academy (New Sports Complex) on March 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th.
 
New players of all ages and abilities welcome.