Newtown and Chilwell Cricket Club is pleased to announce that Cooper Bingham will play with the Two-Blues this summer.
Bingham, who is currently in England and playing with Woodford Green Cricket Club in Essex, comes to NCCC from second division club Torquay.
“Cooper wants to play First Division cricket, and also to play with some of his mates, particularly those with whom he went to school at Geelong College,” said NCCC’s Director of Cricket, Devon Royce.
“We will be a young side this season and we are looking to develop Cooper and some of his old school mates like Will Simson and Tim Hosking into the next generation of Two-Blue champions.”
Cooper Bingham is the leading run-maker for Woodford Green this summer, his 689 runs at an average of just under 50, including a highest score of 101.
“Those are great stats and we look forward to Cooper maintaining that good form when he joins us,” Devon Royce said.
“On top of being a good cricketer, he’s a ripper bloke, the type of person always welcome at our club.”
Q. Welcome to the club, why have you chosen to play with the Two-Blues this season?
A. I have a lot of mates from school that have played at Newtown for a long time and since playing against them in the junior days could tell that it is a well-run and well-rounded cricket club. I went along to the reverse raffle last year and it was easy to see just how much of a community-based club it was.
Q. You’ve got some pretty good mates from your school days at our club, what have they told you about Newtown?
A. Yeah Timmy, Wink and Barry have been pretty big influences in getting me down to the Two Blues, just constantly on my back expressing the hard nature of the club but also the fun that goes along with it
Q. Describe yourself as a cricketer?
A. As a cricketer I would describe myself as a grinder, by no stretch of the imagination am I a technically sound cricketer, but hopefully I can grind out an innings with patience being my biggest asset, also like to look lively in the field, if you don’t have green marks on your whites for your Mum to wash, have you really been fielding?
Q. Who is your cricket hero?
A. Cricketing hero would have to be Adam Gilchrist, since watching him smash the Poms around the WACA and taking blinders behind the stumps made me want to take the gloves for the under 11s, but in more recent times loved watching Michael Clarke play classy cover drives and front foot pull shots, and also AB de Villiers playing 360 degrees.
Q. You’ve been playing with one of the oldest cricket clubs in the world in England, Woodford Green, how’s that been?
A. Yeah it wasn’t until I arrived in London that I found out the history of the club and ground, Woodford Green CC is the second oldest club in the world to still play on its original ground, it’s been a great experience playing with the boys at “The Green”
Q. Which is the best pub in Woodford, The Crown, The Cricketers or the Travellers Friend?
A. I’d have to say The Cricketers, not just because of its name, good vibe and old English styled set up, really welcoming bar maids too 😉
Q. How is English cricket different to what you have been playing in Australia?
A. It took me a while to adjust to the pitches in the UK, sometimes clubs won’t cover their pitch so you may rock up on a Saturday to find it’s quite damp and slow, I was getting caught at cover a lot when I first arrived, just going through my shot to early, but once you adjust you can really check your shot before going through with it.
Q. You’ve taken the time to travel outside England while overseas, what’s the best thing you’ve done.
A. Yeah as we speak I’m in Rome and it is fantastic, weather is great and just a full on atmosphere which I enjoy, best thing I’ve done would have to be relaxing on beaches in Sorrento, as boring as that sounds was just good to chill out.
Q. On Facebook, you are known as Cooper Silky Bingham, care to enlighten us.
A. I was really hoping this question didn’t arise, it was after we lost the grand final last year for Anglesea, we had sank a few tinnies when the seniors rocked up and started calling me silky, something to do with lack of footballing ability I presume.
Q. What are your ambitions for the season ahead?
A. I am really looking forward to the upcoming season with the Two Blues, with the young group we have I really hope to push for finals and take the team as deep into the finals as we can, I think we might be underestimated for our age this year, but we could be a bit of a surprise package which I am keen to be a part of.