Originally from South Africa, Chad Bowes has been in our Canterbury side for 3 seasons now and was eligible to receive a contract last year after the stand down period. He now has cemented his place in the side and plays a key role in our Canterbury Men’s and Kings teams. Chad is a top order bat and is currently over in the UK playing for Horsford Cricket Club in the East Anglia Premier League. Here’s a bit about his time over there so far!

You’re over in the UK – What are you up to?

Yeah in the East of England in Norfolk, just outside of Norwich city. I’m with my wife Chloe, and we’re enjoying it very much. We are staying in a lovely country farmhouse so we have the best of both worlds really. Coaching and training during the weeks and games on weekends is the norm with the odd mid-week T20. Add to that a few trips into London and it’s happy days!

How many games have you played so far? What format? Had any notable contributions?

I’ve played 13 games so far, a mixture of both One-Day & Twenty20 games. We’re mid table in the league, which is very congested so it will go down to the wire I think. After the club came last in the league last season it has been a great recovery and I’m glad I have contributed consistently and helped the players on and off the field. Overall so far, I’ve scored 750 runs averaging 68. We’re also into the semi-final of a T20 comp.

What are you looking forward to the most during your time over there?

Making new friendships and memories. Halfway through now and all is going well. Looking forward to seeing how far we can push up the league table and if any silverware is won. We’ve got some trips planned too so it will be great to see new places and get out and about.

Last season was a tough year for Canterbury. What do you see changing for the upcoming season?

I see a focus on culture and team environment. I think that the right people are in place to drive this and provide the players with the best possible opportunity to grow as people and as cricketers. I think the focus on background and unseen parts of the organisation will translate into success on the field. It’s a process and we are certainly on the right track. I look forward to a fresh look and feel when I return from the UK.

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