KIWI ace Scott Major is proving to be a big hit on both the cricket pitch and the golf course.
Not content with hitting 88 not out and sharing century partnerships with Richard Hegarty and Simon Bowes against Seamer in the club’s first Beckett League premier division game of the season, Staithes Cricket Club’s overseas star has also been wielding a golf club to great effect.
Major said: “I had quite a good week, hitting 88 not out for Staithes and then winning the Midweek Stableford at Whitby Golf Club.
“The week before that I won the Mary Richardson Mixed Greensome event as well.
“I wouldn’t exactly say I’m a sporting all-rounder, I’ve just got a bit of hand-eye co-ordination.
“Cricket and golf are the only two sports I play now. I used to play rugby but that was a long time ago.
“I am really enjoying the challenge of playing cricket here in England and it is always nice to get out on the golf course – I play off 20, but I only really took up golf properly after I came to England.”
A Resource and Environmental Planning graduate, Major arrived in England last year, fulfilling a long-term ambition to play cricket overseas.
He added: “I had wanted to play cricket in England for a while.
“I decided that once I finished my degree I would definitely spend a couple of years playing over here.
“One of my coaches back in New Zealand put me in touch with Richard Ward who is captain of Staithes and that is how I ended up in Whitby.
“The club have been great, they have helped to sort me out with a job working on the greens at Whitby Golf Club and there is a good set of lads here.
“I am really happy to be back for my second season.”
Major is confident Staithes are well equipt to mount a challege for the Beckett League premier division championship – a title they won in 2010, along with the Cayley Cup the same season.
He continued: “We should be up there with Staxton and Ebberston challenging for the title this season – I am confident we are in with a decent chance.
“We have lost three experienced players from last season but we have got some really good young players coming through.
“Richard Hegarty, Ryan Gibson and Craig Thompson are all very talented and having them in the side definitely makes us stronger.
“I was batting lower down the order last year but this season I have moved up the order to open which I am really happy about. It will mean I will have more of a chance to bat all the way through and hopefully build some big scores.
“I am still adapting to playing in England. It is quite a challenge because it is so different to playing in back home.
“The pitches in New Zealand are generally a lot harder and you get a lot of bounce out of them, whereas here the ball rarely gets above knee-height.
“The standard of club cricket is probably a bit better in England as well.
“I am enjoying the challenge though and I am sure my game is improving from playing over here.”