FRESH from a two-year stint with Tasmania, middle order batsman Ashton May has returned to St George as he looks to push his case for a first class spot.
May, 23, was part of Tasmania’s rookie contracted list and played a domestic one day match against NSW, scoring a duck from 11 balls. He was 12th man in two other games.
The right hander returned to St George having spent the 2009-10 season at the club after playing for ACT Comets.
“It wasn’t a question of me going anywhere else with St George being such a great club,” May said.
“I missed out on another rookie [contract] so I thought coming back here was the best way to start enjoying my cricket. It was an amazing experience and cricket wise I improved massively.”
May was surrounded by the likes of Australian players Ricky Ponting and Ed Cowan. And also lived with former St George teammate Steven Cazzulino.
“I did a lot of fielding with Ponting,” May said. “When he was batting he got in his zone but just to see the way he went about things was influential.”
May, who is studying exercise physiology at University of NSW, signalled out batting coach and former Australian one-day opener Michael Di Venuto as his biggest influence.
Since returning to Saints, May has had a slow start but scored his first half century of the season against Blacktown.
Despite not having a first class contract, May still holds ambitions of returning to the professional set up.
“Without my parents it wouldn’t be possible,” May said.
“I am doing exactly what the contracted guys do and NSW are helping me to keep my foot in the door. I think NSW is the best pathway and the one I’m most comfortable with.”
Directing: Ashton May in the field against Blacktown on Saturday. Picture: Jane Dyson
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