JAMIE Garde does not have far to go if ever anything needs sorting now he is captain of Denton Cricket Club – he lives there.
But there could have been a bit more distance between them had he decided to stay in Australia.
The 28-year-old has plans for the 2020 season after being offered the role at the Egerton Street side, which he has been associated with since he was nine-years-old.
However, he admits he came very close to giving up his dream by emigrating down under after a playing stint.
“I was actually half and half between living in Australia and living in England,” said Jamie, who hopes to mastermind a promotion push after Denton dropped a level in a restructure by the Greater Manchester Cricket League.
“I played in Victoria for Echuca, which is just over 100 miles from Melbourne and was considering staying there.
“Originally, it was meant to be just for a season but I went back for a second. However, it was then I started to miss family and friends from Denton.
“Playing there was great, although it was very, very warm. They have a rule which means if the temperature reaches 40 degrees, they cannot play.
“Although there were occasions where it was 38 degrees when the call was made to play a game and by the time it started it was something like 42 degrees!
“Now I live right at the side of Denton Cricket Club, where I grew up and came through the junior ranks. Becoming captain is something I’ve always wanted to do.
“I had a couple of spells away playing at Flowery Field but I was always around the club and there are things I definitely want to do here.”
Jamie may be a familiar face to truckers on the motorways as he works for a HGV breakdown service, driving a massive recovery truck.
And he will be joined by a new pro next season as Sri Lankan Asantha Singappuli agreed to join.
The 28-year-old, who plays for the Bloomfield club in Colombo in his homeland, notched a century with the bat in domestic competition.
Singappuli also turns his arm over with the ball, with his left arm spin taking three wickets for 30 runs in one match.
A familiar face is also returning to Egerton Street after Keegan Taylor, a South African with a British passport who played for in 2017 and 2018 came back after spending some time travelling.
He has decided to settle in the UK now and is living with club members.