HEYWOOD’S fortunes for the forthcoming season have been given a significant boost.
Riley Paterson, the Australian who was overseas amateur at Crimble in 2013 and 2014, is returning voluntarily to play as an amateur for at least the 2018 campaign.
It follows a successful time with his Melbourne area club Croydon during the past few months.
The now 23-year-old was regarded mainly as a pace bowler who could bat in the lower order when previously in England, but if his performances during the recent Australian summer are any guide he could now bolster Heywood’s top order batting line-up.
Riley has been promoted to opening the batting with Croydon recently and responded with some meaningful scores, as well as continuing to chip in with wickets.
He was just aged 18 when he succeeded his brother Hamish, who was at Heywood in 2011 and 2012, as the Club’s overseas player.
In his first season he took 46 wickets at 17.5 runs each and the following season claimed 30 wickets at 26 apiece.
Riley visited Heywood with his girlfriend Elly last summer and they were given such a warm welcome that they have decided make the return trip back to England together.
They are due to arrive on March 23.
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