FOUR Southern Electric Premier League clubs have been allocated an Australian batsman as their 2013 overseas player by The Ageas Bowl’s International Cricket Academy. Totton & Eling, Lymington, Bournemouth and Ventnor were all represented at the Ageas Bowl last night as Hampshire chairman Rod Bransgrove and cricket secretary Tim Tremlett revealed which Cricket Australia player they would each have by drawing names out of a hat.

Australia Under-19 captain William Bosisto, the top batsman at last year’s U19 World Cup, will be playing for Totton & Eling CC.

Lymington CC have Scott Henry, at 24 the oldest of the academy’s six players and a left-handed opening batsman who scored a match-winning 207 not out against Sri Lanka for a Cricket Australia Chairman’s XI two months ago.

Alex Keath, who hit a 55-ball 60 for a Victoria XI against the England Lions earlier this week, drew Bournemouth CC, while Ventnor have the services of Travis Head, a 19 year-old wicketkeeper who averages 28.7 with the bat after 11 first-class matches , mostly for South Australia. Two slow left-armers from Western Australia, Ashton Agar and Ashton Turner, will be playing for Henley CC (Home Counties Premier League) and Chichester Priory Park (Sussex Premier League) during their time with the academy.

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