Western Australian all-rounder Jake Fawcett has joined Blacktown ahead of the 2016 NSW Premier Cricket season.
Fawcett played for Western Australia in under 17’s, 19’s and 23’s, culminating in two one-day games for the Western Warriors in 2009.
A prolific grade cricketer with over 8500 runs at an average of 40.47 in 248 games, Fawcett made the move when he and his partner both had new job opportunities arise in Sydney.
However, the 26-year-old all-rounder was eager to find a new club.
“My background has been cricket since I was a kid so I still haven’t given up on anything,” he said.
“I still want to play at the highest level I can and Sydney’s meant to be the best grade competition in the world so I’m excited to be part of it and excited to see what it’s all about.”
In his first taste of Sydney grade cricket in a trial against Penrith, Fawcett was in the thick of the action, taking one for 15 from four overs with his off-spin before top scoring with 66.
He decided on the Warriors after discussing his options with former NSW state player and Blacktown star Simon Keen.
Having made all the arrangements in about four weeks, Fawcett said it’s been a huge change.
“It’s always different going to a new club and going out of your comfort zone,” Fawcett said.
“I couldn’t ask much more from Blacktown. They’ve been supportive in every decision I’ve made, they’ve welcomed me with open arms.”
Blacktown Cricket Club director of cricket and first grade captain Tony Clark said Fawcett’s arrival has “strengthened our batting” as the side looks to improve from last season’s 12th place finish.
“I think we’ve had a good solid pre-season,” Clark said.
“We’ve got a few guys to come back from England at the moment for next week with some here around round three so we’re looking forward to the season.”
The club is looking forward to welcoming back English cricketer Arron Lilley as well as former Blacktown junior and County Championship veteran Paul Horton.
The Blacktown Warriors start the NSW Premier League season against Gordon at Joe McAleer Oval on Saturday September 24.