Past Overseas Players

2010 – Graham “Billy” Murray (All-rounder)

Clubs – Wellington (New Zealand)
Arguably our most gifted overseas player, but it would be fair to say that the motivation didn’t match the ability. First class experience with Wellington and an ideal style for our conditions. Still can’t believe that he only got 26 wkts and never made a hundred. A colourful character, but not sure that we’ll see him again!

2009 – James Holliday (Right arm medium/fast bowler)

Clubs – University of Queensland (Brisbane)
“Doc” settled very comfortably into life at The Rock. After a slow start (he’d never bowled on such a slow track!) he performed well and even chipped in with a few valuable runs. Our most popular overseas player who will be remembered for his fantastic work with the juniors (and that over that he bowled to Stan Redhead!)

2007 – Usman Shuja (Right arm fast bowler)

Clubs – USA national squad
South Yorkshire Leagues only ever “current” One Day International cricketer. The “American Express” bowled with extreme pace, but unfortunately returned home after just 4 games and 3 wickets! The follow through (around the batsman) at Moorlands was the highlight!

2007 – Saqib Hussain (Right arm medium/fast bowler)

Clubs – Karachi (Pakistan)
Brother of Pakistan captain Younus Khan. Saqib had amazing control and seam position (ask the Barnsley openers, who played and missed for 10 overs!), but played only 12 matches, before making way for Aussie recruit Chris Sherwin

2007 – Chris Sherwin (Right arm medium/fast bowler)

Clubs – Rockingham-Mandurah (Western Australia)
Chris took an amazing 26 Premier League wickets in the final 7 matches of the season. Unfortunately his batting record and prowess with the ladies of Barnsley, could not get anywhere near his bowling performance.

2005, 2006, 2008 – Ankur Sondhi (Right hand batsmen / wicketkeeper)

Clubs – Northern Railways (India)
Undoubtedly Rock’s most successful overseas batsman with over 2500 runs. A very competent wicketkeeper (first class caps for Punjab) with the softest of hands. A very popular Rock player who has maintained strong links with the club. He even hosted a club tour to India in March 2006.

2004 – Ashfak Abowath (Right arm off-spin and lower order batsmen)

Clubs – Gauteng (Sth Africa)
An excellent off-break bowler who claims Graham Smith as one of his first class victims. Played a major part in the Championship winning team of 2004 and returned in 2006 to play a handful of games as a local-based player. Still living and playing in Batley.