Copeland farewells Aus after stellar season

James Copeland is heading home to England after featuring heavily in the local cricket league for season 2018-19. Pictured, Copeland bats for his temporary home side, Colts Phelans during the two-day grand final last month.

Colts Phelans have bid farewell to UK import James Copeland as the local cricket season has drawn to a close.

Wicket keeper-batsman Copeland of Somerset touched down in Australia last October, just in time for the start of the Maryborough District Cricket Association’s (MDCA) 2018-19 season.

Copeland was lured to Australia after meeting local, Mitch Bench, when he travelled to Claverham Cricket Club to play in 2017.

Copeland said he is sad to see his time in Australia come to an end and hopes to return in the future.

“I’m sad to see it come to an end because I’ve had such a great time out here,” he said.

“I’m obviously glad to head home and see my family, but I’ve had such a great time and it definitely won’t be the last time I come to Australia.

“What really shocked me was the vast size of Australia, I couldn’t appreciate how big it really is until I got here.”

Copeland made 422 runs in 20 MDCA games this season, including both representative and finals cricket.

He was also named man of the match during Colts’ one-day cup win and listed in the league’s team of the year.

Colts had a cracking 2018-19 season which saw the side win nine from 10 games throughout the home and away outfit, but experience heartbreaking defeat in the two-day grand final.

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