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Lymington sign up Aussie all-rounder

Lymington's overseas player for 2004 will be Australian Karl Whatham. The 22 year old all-rounder was recommended to the club by former Lymington player Tim Smith who plays for the same UTS-Balmain club.

6'2" Karl joined Balmain last year from Sydney University, and soon made an impact in the Tigers' Second Grade side, scoring three centuries, including 139 in a club record second wicket stand of 274 against Penrith. Karl's blistering run of form led to a rapid call-up to the Firsts where he made 69 on his debut against Campbelltown-Camden. He remained in the Balmain First Grade side until the end of the season, helping his team finish in fourth place in the highly competitive Grade competition. Balmain went on to reach the play-off semi-finals before falling to a narrow defeat against Randwick-Petersham. According to Tim, Karl is a useful medium pace swing bowler and a brilliant cover fielder .

Karl (left) and fellow Balmain Tiger Ian Burge following their record breaking second wicket stand.

Teammates in the Balmain team include Aussie Test quickie Nathan Bracken and New South Wales opener Greg Mail, and such is the high standard of Balmain's Drummoyne Oval ground that it annually hosts a New South Wales one day fixture, attract ing up to 6000 spectators. The past season saw the Tigers take on Bankstown in the first club cricket match to be played at the Telstra Stadium - the stadium which staged the Olympic Games in 2000 and where Johnny Wilkinson kicked England to World Cup glory last year.

The Balmain team for the historic match at the Telstra Stadium. Karl is in the back row, fourth from the left.

Photos courtesy of the Balmain Tigers website.

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