Meppem straight onto the front foot

Matchwinner Meppem scores half century, takes two wickets on debut

Ryan Meppem

A long flight, a few days of jetlag and a confused body clock were quickly forgotten about on Saturday (UK time) when Ryan Meppem lined up for his new club, North Petherton.

Meppem departed Sydney International Airport for England on Sunday, April 22.

He made his debut less than two weeks after arriving in the small Somerset town that he will call home for the next few months.

In fact, Meppem played three games in two days across the weekend, and top scored in two of those.

In round one of the West of England Premier Cricket League Somerset Division 50-over competition on Saturday, North Petherton’s first XI took on Staplegrove Cricket Club.

Meppem was the star of the show for his side.

The off spinning allrounder took 2-36 from eight overs, which included one maiden, helping his side limit Staplegrove to just 137 from 39.2 overs.

Playing on the club’s home ground at Heathfield Park, Meppem then scored 58 runs to guide his side to a one-wicket win.

He hit seven fours and a six in his innings.

Losing four partners along the way he helped take the score from 2-16 to 7-127.

When he was eventually trapped in front for his match-high score North Petherton needed just 11 runs to win.

The home side lost two wickets in a nervous finish, but held on for a one wicket win.

Meppem said that he was loving life at his new club.

“The club have helped me settle in nicely and have been very welcoming,” Meppem said.

“Playing golf a few times a week on some great courses with fellow team members has been good fun.

“Making my debut for North Petherton Cricket Club was exciting and to have a good game personally was good, especially with the team winning in a close game.”

The day after his debut Meppem played two T20 games for his new club.

SM