Seasoned cricketer, Tade Carmichael, of Welbeck CC, is enjoying his start to the season, already racking up close to 350 runs in just four matches this season.
The Owzat Cricket Nottinghamshire Premier League Division Two side, who after a handful of matches, found themselves at the bottom, looking upwards, then came Grenada-born, Tade Carmichael, and the clubs’ fortunes spun upwards.
Heading to England, thus furthering his cricketing knowledge, in 2012, before joining HM Armed Forces, and the British Army, four years later, and has never looked back.
Signed on to the Royal Logistics Corps, he is currently halfway through a twelve year contract for Queen and Country, and is grateful for what they’ve given him.
“They see a talent in me, and other sportsmen, as there’s individuals playing rugby, cricket, as well as boxing,” began Tade.
“I get some great support from the British Army, and I’m really thankful for that.
“With Welbeck, I only just joined this season because a friend of mine, in the Army, told me that they were looking for a good batsman, so I was recommended to them.”
Now, residing in London, Tade actually turns out a good 4-5 times a week because, alongside Welbeck CC, he also plays in a Sri Lankan league on a Sunday, in London, and turns out for the British Army XI during the week.
It’s endless, but as he readily admits to, it’s a passion, a love.
“I’m pretty much an all-rounder really, but batting is much easier,” explained Tade, who recently posted bowling figures of 4-39 against Collingham & District CC.
“From a young age, playing cricket back home in Grenada, it was that, all batting.
“I learnt a lot back then, and to a good level as well, so it was just a case of carrying that one when I came to England.
“Cricket though, it is my life, and what I really enjoy doing – even when I went home in April, I played in T10 tournament.”
Since coming to England, the Grenada-born cricketer can count spells at Evenwood Town (in the north-east) and Foxton (Cambridgeshire) on his resume, showing good form anywhere he’s played, knowing that his ability, with both bat and ball, can serve a club well.
There’s also a hankering to progress as well, why not, if you’re good enough, then who knows what the future holds, for anyone.
“Sometimes a team just needs someone to gel them, pull them out, and push forward,” stated Tade.
“Here, at Welbeck, we’re not a one-man team, and there’s a lot of really good players in the squad, different players, all doing something and making it a team effort.
“On the Bank Holiday (Thursday 2 June, victory over Collingham), I just took it to them, and we all know what we need to do.
“I’ve hit that before (he knocked a record-breaking 188, off 154 balls*), so maybe it’s a lucky number for me, but I just stick to the basics, keep it simple, and go one ball at a time.
“I can also shift through the gears though, when the chance arrives, like I did there.
“But, I believe in this team and I do think that we can still pull off a top two, top three finish.”
Three straight wins has further instilled that belief of a high finish, following a bad start to the season, and with Tade’s bowling just as good as his batting, taking four wickets in that Collingham win, Welbeck are now sitting nicely in fifth.
But there’s targets, there always is, as one strives to achieve.
“It would be nice to be seen, picked up by a County side,” continued Tade.
“Normally though, I set a total of around 800+ runs a season (he’s close to 350 at present), but I feel I can easily pull off a thousand plus with the number of games left.
“As for bowling, maybe 20-30 wickets, but I’m not too worried about it, more with the players we have here.”
Welbeck’s next three outings, throughout June, sees them host Caythorpe CC (11 June), travel to Collingham (18 June), before hosting the current leaders, West Bridgfordians, at the end of the month (25 June).
*Tade Carmichael’s 188 against Collingham & District is a new, 1st XI record for Welbeck CC, overhauling former Nottinghamshire batsman Paul Johnson’s total of 154, set in 2004; Johnson though still holds three of the top five totals for the club, Martyn Dobson sandwiched in third.
*Article provided by Peter Mann (Senior Correspondent).
*Main image @CambridgeIndy Tade in his days at Foxton in Cambridgeshire where he became a firm favourite.