Local junior James Munting has decided to return to the Manly Warringah Waratahs for the 2014/15 season after 2 years in South Australia.
Munting left the Waratahs after the 2011/12 season in search of first class honours. He achieved his goal and played in 1 first class game against Western Australia at the WACA in the 2013/14 season.
Glenelg was the club James was playing his club cricket at in the local Adelaide competition, leading them to a competition victory in 2012/13. In this season, James was the equal top wicket taker in the competition with 46. He followed this up with another 20 wickets in the just completed 2013/14 season, although he was limited to only 8 matches.
Having James return to the club is a huge coup. As an ex-first class fast bowler who still has high ambitions, he brings a huge amount of experience and skill to the Waratahs first grade attack. James himself is thrilled to be back at the Waratahs.
“I’ve had a wonderful 2 years in South Australia, playing first class cricket and being part of the Redbacks setup, however it’s time to come home” said Munting.
“Sydney is where my friends and family are, and I was missing home too much. Obviously Manly is my club and where I always played, so coming back here was an easy choice.
“I’m really excited about working with Shawn Bradstreet once again as we get on very well. I haven’t worked with Phil Marks or Gavin Fletcher, but I know Skid well and I hear some great things about Gavin. If Winga learnt all he knows from Gavin, that’s good enough for me.”
Head coach Bradstreet was equally excited.
“What can I say, James is a local junior, a serious fast bowler, and someone who will add to our great fast bowling depth. He is a Manly boy through and through, so it is wonderful to add him to our squad of quicks. Our coaching team is really looking forward to working with him.”
James has played 9 years at Manly, debuting in the 2003/04 season, and taken 257 wickets. He took over 30 first grade wickets in his last 4 years at the Tahs, including a 40 wicket year in 2011/12, his most recent year.