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Tom Jagot returns to boost Burwell & Exning in the East Anglian Premier League

Tom Jagot will be back at Burwell & Exning this season. Picture: Mark Westley
Tom Jagot will be back at Burwell & Exning this season. Picture: Mark Westley

Tom Jagot will be back at the top of the order for Burwell & Exning in the East Anglian Premier League this season.

The 23-year-old Australian had a fruitful spell at Mingay Park two years ago, and will be aiming to get back in the groove on these shores.

Otherwise, it has been an off-season of limited changes for Burwell & Exning, with a young squad that has grown together under the captaincy of Joe Tetley.

Tyrone Koen was their overseas player last year, but only played half the campaign before being called back to his side in South Africa, while Paul Summerskill is out in Dubai but will play for the team when he is in the UK.

“It’s exciting to get going again,” said Tetley, who has been captain for the previous two seasons.

“We’re pretty much the same set-up, there are no real changes – it’s all the same which is quite nice. We didn’t have to do too much recruitment. To have the same sort of people about, we can build something around that.

“We’re trying to be as local as we can and keep the same people
year-on-year and hopefully we all get better.

“We let ourselves down in the second half of last year but we definitely progressed as a playing unit. We were scoring 300s regularly, although we had our blips when we couldn’t get 100.

“If we can get a bit more consistent then we will start climbing up the table.

“The chairman is brilliant at our club so it makes my life easier and there is not too much for me to sort out, it takes care of itself.”

The return of Jagot will be a big boost for Burwell & Exning.

In the summer of 2017, he scored 761 runs – at an average of 40.05 – to place him 12th in the list of top performing batsmen in the division.

He remained in Australia last year, but his form has continued.

This past summer Down Under, Jagot, who plays for North Sydney in the New South Wales Premier Cricket, was second in the rankings with 855 runs at an average of 57.00.

“He has gone home and done really well in Australia,” said Tetley.

“He is in the top five NSW Premier League rankings, playing against the likes of David Warner and people like that so he did alright. He also got a call-up to New South Wales IIs so he had a good year.

“He didn’t come over to England last year, but plays for North Sydney and was in the NSW IIs back end of last season, so a few weeks ago.”

Burwell & Exning start their season at home to Vauxhall Mallards on Saturday (April 20).

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