QUEANBEYAN batsman Dean Solway says he’s hopeful returning to more familiar surrounds will prove the catalyst for a return to his prolific run scoring best.
Solway spent last season playing grade cricket in Adelaide with Prospect but was unable to make his hoped for impact at the crease.
The 20-year-old averaged just under 20 in his 14 matches with the South Australian club.
“My grade cricket season down there wasn’t fantastic results wise,” he said. “But it probably wasn’t the best place to have a big run scoring season.
“The conditions are a bit different and there aren’t too many [batsmen] who are scoring 500 runs plus in a season.
“Getting back into normal life with work and family and that side of things as well, it just makes you feel more at home. There’s more of that stuff outside of cricket.
“Where down in Adelaide it felt like I was just there to play cricket which was fine but it does take a bit of that pressure off playing back in Queanbeyan.”
Solway is one of a number of familiar faces returning to Queanbeyan’s line up this season alongside former teammates Blake Dean and Mick Curtale.
And the ACT under-23s representative appears set for a busy season at the crease.
As well as his commitments with Queanbeyan and the Canberra Comets in the Futures League, Solway will also be turning out for Northern Districts in the Sydney grade competition.
“A few of the [Canberra] boys are going to play in the Twenty20 competition up there just to get a bit of a taste of Sydney grade cricket,” he said.
“That’s one of the main reasons I’ve come back. There are some pretty good opportunities up there and it’s only a couple of hours drive up the road.
“The hopefully next season I can look at getting a full season with one of the clubs up there.”