The overseas player heading for Kensham Park this season is 23-year-old Cameron Suidgeest who plays for Australian Capital Territory Under-23s. A right hand bat, Cameron is primarily a right arm fast-medium bowler who was born on April 13, 1992 at Port Macquarie, Australian Capital Territory.
Cameron has the prized wicket of England test star Ian Bell to his name! That came when he played for the ACT Invitational XI against England in a 50-over game on January 12, 2015 at the Manuka Oval. The home side had 15 players (11 batting and 11 fielding) whilst England worked with a squad of 13 (11batting and 11 bowling).
England batted first and scored 364 in their 50 overs with Ian Bell, Mooen Ali, James Taylor, Joe Root and Ravi Bopara all scoring half centuries. But it was Cameron who claimed the scalp of opener Bell. Cameron finished with the most creditable figures of 1-23 from his five overs. He also had the best economy rate of any of the home bowlers in the game. He did not bat as his side were bowled out for 148.
In terms of his season to date, Cameron has played 11 matches in the ACT Premier League – 1st Grade and has, to date, a return of 19 wickets for 558 runs from 109.2 overs with 18 maidens. His economy in the ACT Premier League is 4.65 and his ‘best to date’ is 3-39.
Since 2012, playing 1st grade cricket, Cameron has taken five wickets on four occasions and six wickets once. Against Weston Creek Molongo in December 2013 Cameron had six wickets for 43 runs in 17 overs.
In terms of year-on-year with his club Ginniderra CC in the ACT Premier League – 1st grade, Cameron has an impressive record. In the 2011/12 season he finished third in the club bowling averages with 16 wickets for 440 runs from 14 matches, In 2012/13 he was again third with 20 wickets for 468 runs from 13 matches. In 2013/14 he topped the club bowling averages with a return of 40 wickets for 542 runs in 12 outings. Last season he was fourth in the final standings with 29 wickets for 640 runs from 16 matches and this season he currently sits second to John Lyon with his 19 wickets for 558 runs.
More recently, Cameron, playing for Australian Capital Territory in the Futures League in a four-day match played at the Bellerive Oval, Hobart, was part of a team that suffered a heavy innings defeat to Tasmania Under-23s.
Australian Capital Territory batted first and were bowled out for 143. Cameron bated at number 10, scoring an unbeaten 13. Tasmania Under-23s then chalked up a huge 386. Cameron was first change and returned figures of 1-50 from 11.1 overs. The second innings for Australian Capital Territory was slightly better than the first – they were bowled out for 174 with Cameron one of the two players not to bat in a contest that allowed 13 players to be involved at some stage.
Cameron’s other January outing was against Western Australia Under-23s at the Manuka Oval, Canberra where Western Australia certainly put bat to ball to great effect on what would no doubt have been a ‘road’ of a wicket as they racked up a massive 542-4 declared from 110 overs. Cameron was second change and managed to bag two of the wickets to fall, closing with figures of 2-105 from 18 overs with one maiden.
In reply Australian Capital Territory were bowled out for 144 and then, following on, were bundled out for 169. Cameron was the 12th batsman (and so did not bat) in the first innings, and batted number 11 in the second innings and was unbeaten on four when the final wicket fell.
His ‘best of the season’ to date was undoubtedly the game against South Australia Under-23s when he claimed four wickets for 50 from 16 overs – all caught – and then 3-49 in 20 overs (again all caught) in the drawn match played at the Manuka Oval, Canberra, a four day game played from November 9 to 12.
Cameron plays his cub cricket for Ginniderra CC in the ACT Premier League – 1st grade and his most recent outing was in the two-day league match against North Canberra Gungahlin who won the match. Cameron batted at number 11 in his side’s first innings – Ginniderra were all out for 37 with Cameron the not out batsman on one. The North Canberra Gungahlin first innings saw them declare at 191-3 after just 25 overs with Cameron claiming 2-63 in 10 overs. The Ginniderra second innings was 205 with Cameron again not out, this time with 10 to his name from the number nine slot. However, North Canberra won the match by six wickets with Cameron again topping the bowling for his side with another brace, this time for 45 runs from 10 overs.
BCC 1st XI skipper Tim Piper says:
“We set out to get a high quality opening bowler and we’ve got one. I really hope Cameron has an enjoyable season with us.”
BCC vice chairman Paul Nott said:
“We are delighted Cameron will be joining us for the season and like Chaps (already signed) will add great strength and balance to our strong bowling attack . Cameron has been playing some serious Cricket back at home and we look forward to him joining us soon.”