Tim Ward (20) is an exciting prospect playing first grade for Parramatta District in the Sydney Grade Competition. He has played 6 seasons for PDCC, working his way through the ranks to make his first grade debut in 2016/17, before cementing his spot the following season. The run machine is eager to push on this summer and break into the New South Wales Futures (State U23) side in 2018/19.
A left-handed opening batsman, Ward's selection to PDCC's top flight came courtesy of an outstanding, undefeated double century (203*) against North Sydney in second grade before scoring 62* against Campbelltown-Camden on his first grade debut. In all forms of cricket in 2016/17, Ward racked up 1,040 runs at 43.33 (208 runs at 26, 356 runs at 89 and 381 runs at 47.63 in first grade, second grade and Poidevin Gray Shield (U21) matches respectively).
During the 2016/17 season, Ward was instrumental in guiding his PDCC to PG's glory, hitting 88 in the quarter-final against Sydney University, before a Man-of-the-Match 95 in the Grand Final against St George. After promising 2014/15 (414 runs at 21.79) and 2015/16 (546 runs at 28.74) seasons, Ward made his mark in first grade and looked to cement his spot in 2017/18.
The gifted opener did just that, belting an impressive 1,247 runs at 43.93 across all cricket for PDCC, to include 699 runs at 43.69 in first grade, after starting the summer with 111* - his solitary match in the second grade. Ward struck notable fifties throughout the first grade season, most notably scores of 98* (v Hawkesbury), 90 (v Penrith), 89 (v Gordon in the QF), 82 (v Blacktown), 61 (v Campbelltown-Camden in the SF), 56 (v Gordon), and 54 (v St George). He also struck a brilliant ton (144*) against St George in the PG's.
Ward then ventured back to the UK in 2018, following a successful maiden stint playing for Birmingham and District Premier League side Shrewsbury the previous season. The Aussie ace impressed, scoring 585 runs at 34.41, but he knew he had more runs in the locker. He proved that in 2018, hitting 736 runs in the Surrey Championship for Normandy - finishing third on the ECB Premier Division run charts behind Tom Bruce (Blackcaps) and David White (South Africa A).
During his opening seaosn abroad, the left-hander earned rave reviews, with Shrewsbury skipper Ben Stebbings (Herefordshire Minor Counties) stating he’s a fantastic bat that makes “it look easy”. These views were replicated during this time with Normandy and, of course, during his brief innings playing for the "Overseas" XI against our English side in the CricX outing at Buckingham Town in August.
We welcome Tim to Ealing Cricket Club !!
Updated 15:44 - 10 Jan 2019 by Chad Barrett