Napoleons-Sebastopol adds talented English all-rounder

Napoleons-Sebastopol is excited to inject English all-rounder Ryan Gibson into its side.

Gibson arrived this week and promises to be a valuable inclusion to the finals contender’s first XI.

Ryan Gibson

Ryan Gibson

Gibson was a part of England’s under-19 side, playing alongside test representatives Ben Duckett and Haseeb Hameed as well as taking on exciting Proteas quick Kagiso Rabada in the 19/under’s tour of South Africa.

The hard-hitting batsman has taken on Pakistan A and Sri Lanka A in another taste of international flavour. 

Gibson brings a wealth of experience despite being just 21. He has produced some top-class displays at Yorkshire County Cricket Club.

2014 was a big year for the right-hander. Playing the majority of the season in the Yorkshire seconds, he hit 733 runs and picked 13 wickets across his 24 matches.

The impressive numbers saw him awarded with the Yorkshire Academy Player of the Year, meaning a six-week trip to Australia during the winter to spend time at the Darren Lehmann Cricket Academy.

Gibson was looking forward to the challenge a new league and Australian conditions would bring.

“It’ll be a good test, it’s a different league, different competition,” Gibson said.

“It’s all new, all different challenges, but hopefully it improves my cricket and improves me as a person.

“I don’t really know much about the league – which I prefer, a bit of an unknown.”

Gibson will stay with the Ringin family. Justin Ringin stayed with Gibson’s family when he spent time in England and they were happy to return the favour.

“I can’t thank the Ringin family enough for putting me up and giving me the opportunity.”

Gibson will make his first grade debut for the club against Golden Point in Sunday’s one-dayer.

Gibson also has his sights set on the Boxing Day test and getting to some Ashes cricket while he is here.

ONE-DAY MATCHES (on Sunday)

Napoleons-Sebastopol v Golden Point, at Napoleons; North Ballarat v Brown Hill, Western Oval; Wendouree v Mt Clear, Wendouree; BYE: Ballarat-Redan, Darley, East Ballarat