Simon Katich aims for third time lucky in BBL|03 while ‘Everyone loves the Fonz’

Perth Scorchers international recruit Alfonso Thomas has arrived back in Western Australia where he says he feels the love of the #OrangeNation. The 36-year-old South African fast bowler is back at #TheFurnace where he was a crowd favourite in BBL|02 after taking 12 wickets for the season.

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Alfonso Thomas in Somerset action (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Thomas is fresh from a superb 2013 season in the UK where he claimed 31 Twenty20 wickets with Somerset, but said he didn’t feel accepted over there like he does in Perth.

“After spending a couple of months here I really felt more love than I did at Somerset where I’ve been playing for six years, but the fans haven’t quite accepted me there,” Thomas said. “Obviously over here it’s a different story. Everybody loves the Fonz and hopefully may that continue.”

Thomas, who is known as a death bowling specialist, also took 42 wickets in the Yorkshire Bank 40-over competition so he brings good form into BBL|03.

“I’m in good nick at the moment,” Thomas said. “Most definitely I’m a lot fitter than what I was last season hopefully that can go on to the park.”

Meanwhile, Perth Scorchers skipper Simon Katich also found form on the weekend, belting a century for Midland-Guildford in the Alcohol. Think Again District Cricket Competition First Grade on the weekend.

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Simon Katich (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

He revealed he had been maintaining his fitness since playing for WA at the RYOBI One-Day Cup in October by training with the AFL’s GWS Giants where he was recently appointed as Player Development Coordinator.

“Thankfully my form has been reasonable,” Katich said. “I haven’t played at State level in the past month but I’ve been doing a fair bit of training with the Giants in Sydney keeping fit and I’ve been playing club cricket for Randwick-Petersham back in Sydney. Having come off a County season I’m feeling fresh and raring to go after a break.”

Katich reiterated he was determined to help the Perth Scorchers make it third time lucky in the Big Bash after losing the past two finals.

“We certainly are looking to go one better,” Katich said. “We’ve had two big years getting to the final but not quite getting over the line and unfortunately that’s T20 cricket, we’ve been beaten by the better team on the day.

“The squad is definitely disappointed not to have won it yet and all teams will be aiming for that, but us more-so than others.”

James Buttler

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