Daniel Anderson is thanking his lucky stars that Shepley snapped him up.

The 21-year-old (left) from Sydney was with the CricX.com agency and looking to play an Australian winter in England.

He wanted a good quality competition to play in, with a competitive team who enjoy their cricket as much as their social life.

And he has immediately felt at home with the

welcoming Marsh Lane family.

So much so, in fact, that he is flying with the bat already, scoring 407 runs to be fourth in the list of the most prolific

Premiership batsmen to date.

Coming from the respected Northern

District club in Sydney, however, perhaps no-one should be surprised.

They include the likes of Brad Haddin and Nathan Lyon in their squad, in addition to Chris Green, the 22-year-old Sydney Thunder batsman from the Big Bash League and Josh Poysden who plays for Warwickshire.

“Coming to England is really about improving my cricket, but it’s also about enjoying and making the most of the experience,” said Anderson.

“My coach back home said it would be good to play a lot of cricket over the winter, to continue on from our season, and to learn as much as I could.

“So it’s really about improving as a player and gaining experience in different conditions, and I’m really happy with how it’s going.

“I wasn’t really expecting to start so well, so I’m really enjoying it, and Shepley is a great club.

“There is a good bunch of people around, both on and off the field, and they make it really easy.”

Anderson is a full-time Level 2 coach in Australian, which is Level 3 here, so it’s cricket 24/7 for him.

“I would like to go as far as I can (in the game), but you never know what can happen because first grade is very strong,” he said.

“It’s a really strong standard, but hopefully I can cement myself, have a really good season and see what happens – it’s all there to be played for.

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“In the coaching I do a lot of work with Brendan Lyon, Nathan’s brother, and also a lot with the local Association, which is good.”

So does he seek advice from some of his well-known clubmates at Northern District CC?

“You can ask for advice any time and you can talk to these guys any time,” he explained.

“Chris Green is really good to talk to and it’s great to speak with people like that and watch how they go about their business”

So what of Shepley’s chances of some silverware?

“I think we’ve got a really good chance in both the league competition and in the Sykes Cup,” he answered.

“We have got a good, cohesive team which, somewhere down the track, will be a really good side.”