Fleetwood thrilled to sign Aussie record-breaker as 2016 pro

Travis Dean
Travis Dean

Fleetwood CC are “ecstatic” to have secured the services of Australian Travis Dean as their professional for the 2016 Northern League season.

The 23-year-old comes strongly recommended by his fellow Victoria state player David King, who blasted around 1,500 runs in a prolific season as Fleetwood’s pro last year.

Dean made Sheffield Shield history Down Under in October, becoming the first player ever to score centuries in both innings on his debut in the state competition.

He was unbeaten in that match against Queenland at Melbourne, making with scores of 154 and 109.

Fleetwood captain Mat Clark told The Gazette: “Dean comes highly recommended by David, who knows him as a player and as a person. He’s clearly a serious player and we’re ecstatic to have him here.”

Though specialising as a batsman in his homeland, Clark wouldn’t be surprised in see Dean turn his arm over in the NPL.

And the skipper is confident that the pressure of following the prolific King won’t affect Dean’s displays.

“Of course David is a hard act to follow. You get Test players coming into our league and not scoring as many runs as he did.

“But Travis is a patient batsman - not a crash, bang, wallop player - and hopefully he’ll fit in well here and adapt quickly to our conditions.”