Humble Durban club cricketer rubbing shoulders with biggish Australian names

Kyle Simmonds

Talented Crusaders Cricket Club spinner Kyle Simmonds has been enjoying a solid stretch of form for High Wycombe Cricket Club in the United Kingdom during the South African winter.

Simmonds is nearing 40 league wickets at an impressive average of under 18 and recently struck a telling five-for against Banbury Cricket Club, including the key dismissal of Australian wicketkeeper-batsman Tim Paine.

The 21-year-old also made an appearance for Sussex’s second team earlier in the season, playing alongside Jack Lehmann – son of Australian coach Darren Lehmann.

Simmonds was one of several pivotal figures during the Crusaders’ title-winning campaign at the 2015 National Club Championship in April.