Club cricket news on Ben Curran playing first class cricket this summer with Southern Rocks in Zimbabwe


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There will be a established player coming to Zimbabwe this summer. He is someone who grew up in the county system ranks.

It is also an advantage that he does have Zimbabwe roots. His dad Kevin was born there but he spent some time in England.

He also has two brothers that are currently England Internationals. These two names are Sam and Tom. He may not be on their level just yet at the age of 24.

But he did make a name of himself with Northamptonshire. His style of play is very different from his two brothers. He is not an all-rounder & usually bats in No. 3-4.

He does not bowl pace & utilises spin alongside his left hand bat. Tom & Sam possess all right hand bat & bowls pace.

His name is Ben Curran & he will spend the English winter in sunny Zimbabwe. It is only option to expand his expertise there.

It is still important that he is an extreme bloomer with the bat downtown. Now it is all about working with his long ball form.

So far he scored three half tons at the highest score of 83*. He has yet to have a go with his spin so far in his career. And also in this particular red ball format.

Ben wants to ensure that he leaves Zim with a positive experience. That would be regular centuries. It will be his big test when he returns to Northamptonshire.

So Ben can push these improved numbers in the long haul. And throw his case to the national selectors for consideration. We could see all three brothers for England.

I do not think he will switch allegiances anytime soon. He will only do it if the Zim political/economic situation changes. 

Almost everyone will certainly answer this question. For those who brought up in Zim but later flew to the likes of UK, NZ & AUS.

The team he will play is the Southern Rocks at first-class level. I am glad Zim Cricket brought back this team. It has been six years since they were absent.

That 5th spot was supposed to go on under Alistair Campbell. He set up his academy team to produce the next Zim stars. But COVID forced them to stop.

He will not play in the opening round as his team is on a bye. But Ben will get going in the 2nd round next week. His opponent is the Matabeleland Tuskers.

All five teams will play in the one Harare hub due to COVID. It has been the case with the Tri Nations Rugby this year.

Now Ben may not the only English based Zim to play there for the summer. Nick Welch will turn out for the Mountaineers.

Brad Evans will play for the Harare Eagles with Oskar Kolk. Ben will have a team-mate that is not new. That would be Holland International Shane Snater.

These guys may not change their minds & switch to the Chevrons after all. They would eventually be better back home.

But at least they will help the next gen youth for those still based in Zim. It will only make them get better in the long run.

I wish everyone all the best with the new Logan comp starting today.

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