Newcastle District Cricket Association: Belmont leg-spinner Jan Gray returns to English club Kent with 50 wickets

SUMMER: Belmont playing at Les Miller Field this season. Picture: Simone De Peak
SUMMER: Belmont playing at Les Miller Field this season. Picture: Simone De Peak

Jan Gray returns to English county club Kent following a stellar summer stint in Australia, taking 50 wickets for Newcastle club Belmont.

The 19-year-old leg-spinner headed back to the United Kingdom on Sunday after the weekend’s final-round encounter.

Gray, who missed the opening month of the season and played his first game on November 4, took 2-114 in Saturday’s win over Wallsend to bring up the half-century.

“He’s had a really good stay with us, bowled a lot of overs and was instrumental in a lot of games,” Belmont skipper Mark Littlewood said. 

HOME: Belmont leg-spinner Jan Gray. Picture: Kent Country Cricket Club

HOME: Belmont leg-spinner Jan Gray. Picture: Kent Country Cricket Club

Gray’s overall tally featured 35 first-grade wickets, putting him equal third on the district tally, at an average of 19.34. He sent down 228.1 overs from nine two-day appearances with best figures were 6-74.

He claimed a further nine T20 wickets in the NCC Summer Bash and six more in under 21s. 

Wests paceman Peter Lojszczyk finished on top of the district aggregate by one with 42. Charlestown’s Saliya Saman had an average of 11.19.    

BOWLING: Peter Lojszczyk (Wests) 42 wickets @ at average of 15.67; Tim O’Neill (Merewether) 41 @ 12.66; Adrian Chad (Toronto) 35 @ 14.34; Jan Gray (Belmont) 35 @ 19.34; Matthew Willett (Cardiff-Boolaroo) 32 @ 18.34.