Max enjoying his time in South Africa
Somerset Spinner Max Waller is spending the winter in South Africa playing his cricket for Milnerton CC.
We caught up with him this week to see how he is getting on and he certainly seems to be enjoying himself both on and off the field. “Cape Town is a brilliant spot,” he said. “I’m really enjoying the cricket and the weather is good as well, so it’s brilliant.
“The first weekend after I got here we played a couple of T20’s and we are through to the semi-finals of that competition which will take place in a couple of weeks. That’s exciting because I think that the final is played at Newlands and it’s always a bonus to play at a Test ground. We’ve also been playing some two day stuff over two weekends starting on the Saturday and finishing on the following Saturday. There’s a maximum of 60 overs per side in the first innings, so you play for 120 overs on the first day and then unlimited overs on the second day. We lost out in two very close games but we are doing ok in the current game which is good.” Max is being somewhat modest here as he took an impressive four for five from 7.2 overs in the current match for Milnerton!
What does Max think of the playing conditions in the Southern Hemisphere? “The pitches are pretty tough,” he said. “They’re not quite up there with Taunton so it’s been a bit difficult with the bat but I’ve been bowling alright. I came out here to work on my batting and I haven’t scored as many runs as I would have liked but there will be plenty more opportunities, I’m sure.”
Whilst the cricket is keeping the 27 year old busy, he has managed to see some of the sights. “We’re playing every weekend and there will be some one-day stuff coming up on Sundays which will take us up to Christmas, but away from the cricket I’ve been doing a few things like checking out the beaches because the weather is really good at the moment. I’m settled in to the flat where I’m staying and I went to Cape Point and saw a lot of the wildlife around there. There’s always plenty going on in Cape Town as well, so I’m keeping myself busy.”
Looking back on the 2015 season Max was happy with how he performed when given the opportunity. “I’m pleased with the way my 2015 went,” he said. “I felt that I played pretty well in all the games that I played in. Obviously I would like to play a bit more and I really want to push for a place in four-day cricket. That’s the main aim for next year. Most of the year is taken up by playing four-day cricket so I want to be a part of that. I love playing for Somerset and I’m looking forward to next season already.”
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