The TravelSIM Manly Warringah Waratahs are excited to announce the recruitment of NSW fast bowler Nic Bills for the 2014/15 season. The 22 year old Bills leaves North Sydney to join the Waratahs in a bid to try and add to his two first class games, the last of which was against England on their recent Ashes tour where he took 3 for 76 including the wicket of English captain Alastair Cook.
The signing of Bills will pair him with head coach and fast bowling master Shawn Bradstreet, which is sure to bring out the best in him. Bills himself is looking forward to the fresh start.
“I’m really excited to be joining Manly and to have the opportunity to work with coaching staff at the club. Shawn Bradstreet is a very well respected character around NSW cricket. He’s a former swing bowler himself and I’m excited to start working with him,” said Bills.
“I am also very close with Phil Marks from our time together at North Sydney. So to have them both as the head coaches of the club made my decision pretty easy. I’m looking to take my game to the next level and believe I can do that under the impressive coaching structure at Manly.”
Last year Bills took 39 First grade wickets across all formats at an average of 21.3. Over the last 4 years he has taken 167 First grade wickets at an average of just below 19 runs per wicket. If he can repeat those performances at the Waratahs, we will be extremely happy!
The recruitment of Bills and the return of James Munting, gives the Waratahs a potent fast bowling attack.
We also have our other fast bowlers Corrie Boss and Matt Alexander close to full fitness again (let’s hope their bad luck does not continue). Add in the ever consistent Michael Visser, as well as the talented Nick McLachlan and Mickey Edwards, and the fight for positions will be fierce, as it should be. We are also hopeful of Dan Babula returning from England.
Waratahs President Andrew Fraser was delighted with the recruitment of Bills.
“Nic is a quality guy and he will have no problems slotting straight into the Manly family. Nic wanted to work with Shawn and of course enjoys a close relationship with Phil. He’s a great asset for the Club and I’m sure we will see Nic fulfil his undoubted potential this season,” said the President.
Please join us in welcoming Nic to the club.