Paddy McNamara, a promising 21-year old Australian all-rounder, is joining Hursley Park as their overseas player for the club's return to Southern Premier League cricket this summer.

A top order right-hand batsman who bowls left-arm seam, McNamara hails from Wangaratta, situated on the Hume Highway in north-eastern Victoria, a three-hour drive into Melbourne, writes Mike Vimpany.

He has captained Rovers United Bruck CC for the past three years having emerged from the junior section and, on the back of two outstanding seasons, came close to selection for the Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash.

"I have played cricket in Wangaratta all my life. I take my cricket very seriously and work hard to improve my game all the time but I also love the social side of it after games," he said.

McNamara will be joined at Hursley Park by Mark Pravit, who helped Orsett & Thurrock win the Essex Premier League Division 2 title last season.

Hursley's first competitive match will be the National Village Cup tie against Odiham & Greywell on April 28. Paultons visit The Quarters for the opening SPL3 match on May 4.

Spin all-rounder Oli Green will skipper Hursley Park, having won promotion back to the Southern Premier League by virtue of finishing runners-up in Hampshire League Division 1 last season.