Tom Jagot gets in full swing for Burwell
Australian batsman making an impact
Having made the biggest innings of the Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League so far this season, you could say that Tom Jagot is quickly finding his feet for Burwell.
There may only have been seven match weeks to date, with a further 15 to come, but the knock of 142 suggests that the 21-year-old Australian is easing in to the British conditions.
Jagot’s innings came in defeat to Cambridge Granta two Saturdays ago, but it built on the 75 he made against Vauxhall Mallards a fortnight previously.
And with more of those type of displays from the opener, then Burwell will surely start to make their way up the table.
Jagot, who is from Sydney, saw his path to Mingay Park start through Ben Bryant, who played for Burwell in 2015.
“I just wanted to play a season in England,” said Jagot. “I had a friend of mine who played for Burwell a couple of years ago and he spoke highly of the place.
“And it was by chance that Burwell got in contact with me and asked me if I was keen to play, and it seemed like a nice area, close to Cambridge, so it’s been great so far. I’ve really enjoyed it.”
However, this is not his first season in England, as two years ago, Jagot was with Cranleigh in Surrey.
And back home, Jagot plays for North Sydney, which is first grade in the Sydney Grade Cricket Competition.
So what is the comparison between the Sydney leagues and the EAPL?
“The standard would be better than here,” said Jagot, “but it’s a different kind of cricket.
“The players are probably better back home in Sydney, but the ball swings around more here so it sort of evens up the challenge a bit.
“It’s different cricket. Back home the balls don’t swing that much, but probably are a bit faster paced than club cricket here.
“But here the wickets are more of a challenge and the ball swings around a bit more.”
Jagot’s first few innings saw him score five, 21, 25 and 11, but he has slowly started to get his eye in.
“I struggled the first three weeks but I’ve been able to get a few runs with a few changes and adjusting to the conditions,” he said.
“It’s just basically spending as much time out there as you can.
“Against Granta, it was a flat wicket and I just started seeing the ball well and I managed to get a few out of the middle [of the bat].”
Jagot is a student in Australia, and had been part of the New South Wales set-up, playing for their under-19 and under-17 teams.
However, he is currently just enjoying his cricket rather than focusing on long-term goals.
“I’m taking a more relaxed attitude to it at the moment,” he said. “I’m just trying to enjoy it.
“I took it quite seriously a few years and didn’t quite enjoy it enough.
“It was tough, it was a good standard but I really enjoyed it. I haven’t really eased off, but I’m just trying to make a conscious effort to enjoy cricket more because I was putting a lot of pressure on myself and that was hurting my performance.”
And on coming to England, his target was simple.
“I just wanted to try to focus on making big scores and bat for as long as I can so not giving it [the wicket] away when I get a start,” said Jagot, whose biggest innings is 212 back in Australia.
It was a day for Burwell to forget against Great Witchingham last weekend as they lost seven wickets for 20 runs on the way to defeat, and Jagot is hoping they can learn from their errors.
“It’s been a bit of a pattern for us, we lose wickets in clumps, which is never good,” he said.
“It’s about each individual taking a bit of ownership of their game.
“You can’t just rely on anyone else, you’ve got to do it yourself so I think maybe have a few more clearer plans on what you want to do with the bat – I think that’s what we need to do.
“It’s a very young squad, but it’s not an excuse because I think we’ve got quite a lot of experience for young cricketers.
“Quite a lot of us have played in different parts of the world at quite high standards so while it’s quite young there is quite a lot of experience in the team for young blokes.”