by Alex Baird
Ben Vicary has drawn inspiration from a recent influx of international players who have hit the Colac district to set off on his own cricket journey abroad.
The 18-year-old Warrion rising star has embarked on a stint in England during his gap-year after graduating from Trinity College Colac last year.
Vicary arrived at his new home in English county North Yorkshire this month and has already had a taste of overseas cricket with Cayton in the Scarborough Beckett League.
The young all-rounder impressed for the club’s first XI on his debut, taking the new-ball and claiming 2-60 before producing a match-winning knock of 51 runs on the weekend.
Vicary said playing at Warrion alongside young English trio Billy and Charlie Barriball and Sam Harris, who were three of nine internationals in the CDCA ranks in 2018-19, encouraged him to try to improve his cricket in another country.
“Having the three boys last year did spark a huge interest to come over and do what they had done,” he said.
“I thought it would be a great test for me on and off the field.
“Every game is played on turf which is a massive difference and one that will help me improve on my game.”
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