The Hills are delighted to confirm the signing of in-form Victorian Grade quick bowler Sean Mc Nicholl for their 2023 Leinster Cricket Union campaign.
McNicholl is a right-arm fast medium seam bowler currently playing for Greenvale Kangaroos in the Victorian Premier Cricket competition.
Over the last three years (two punctuated by COVID) he has taken over 100 wickets for the Kangaroo’s first team, highlighted by a 36 wicket 2019/20 season (the second most wickets in first grade) culminated with selection in the Victorian Premier Cricket Team of the Year at the age of 21.
McNicholl’s success both on and off the field was recognised with Victorian Premier Cricket combined XI selection (2021). This side played the State squad in lieu of Second XI cricket due to COVID. Furthermore, his leadership credentials were recognised by the Roos who included him in the leadership group and appointed him the role of deputy vice-captain despite being one of the younger members of the 1st XI Team.
This summer (2022/23), McNicholl continues to impress in first grade for the Roos with 14 wickets at 23.21, including his maiden first grade 5-wicket haul (5-53 v Melbourne) recently.
McNicholl benefits from both British and Irish Passports courtesy of his Derry (Northern Ireland) born father.
Last summer, McNicholl played his maiden UK stint. He enjoyed a successful season in the Cheshire County Cricket League for Bramhall Cricket Club (40 plus wickets). He was also heavily involved with the junior set-up, something he enjoyed throughout the summer
Commenting on his move to The Hills he said “I’ve always had an affinity for Ireland as a country and to be able to move over and play cricket is an amazing opportunity. From both my interactions with people at the Hills and online research they look like a great club with incredible facilities and coaches. I couldn’t be more excited to come over, meet everyone and hopefully push for some trophies this summer”
26 year old Danish International, capped 14 times for his country is an all-rounder who bowls slow left arm and is also a left hand bat. He has an average of 24.50 inT20I games for his country at a strike rate of 144 and has taken 18 wickets in 12 innings at a strike rate of 13.60.
Commenting on his move to The Hills Nicolaj said;
“I’m heading towards new challenges, and I’m really looking forward to getting that with The Hills.
It’s gonna be a great experience for me, both as a person but also as a cricketer.
Can’t wait to meet all the players and people around the club, and of course Jeremy Bray, my old coach.
And obviously it’s gonna be a blast making a difference both of and on the field”