Sorensen set to soar higher

February 19th 2013 by Cricket Ireland | International


Sorensen set to soar higher

All smiles for Max Sorensen

There were seventeen players announced as Cricket Ireland contract holders last week and one of the names with the greatest interest is that of Max Sorensen, he chatted to days after hearing the good news about the contract and the squad for the UAE.

Following the announcement of player contracts for the 2013 season, Max Sorensen was one of the big winners, being promoted to an A contract for the coming year. “It’s a huge honour for me. To have worked so hard last year and now to achieve this contract, to get where I was aiming for is just really great. I’ve been pushing myself really hard so now I’m just delighted.”

Following Boyd Rankin’s decision to retire from Irish cricket after the ICC World Twenty20, the question has been: who can fill his rather large boots? Sorensen is one of the players that jumps to mind. “No, I don’t think I can say I will try to replace Boyd,” Sorensen insists. “We are totally different and it will be very hard for anyone to take his place, but I think I can offer something different. Boyd is very tall and bowls back of a length and uses bounce very well, I would tend to bowl fuller and get either movement in the air or off the seam.”

Sorensen first came to the fore during the ICC World Twenty20 qualifiers last March when he was man of the match in the crucial qualification decider against Namibia. He bowled a spell of 4-2-8-2 with 17 dot balls to get his team well on the way to victory on that occasion and on to the ICC World Twenty 20 in Sri Lanka. “I do feel like this contract is a vote of confidence,” the Hills man admits. “It feels like all the hard work has paid off.”


Sorensen exploded onto the World stage last year in the UAE

With the introduction of the Interprovincial series in 2013 along with club cricket and international commitment this season will be a busy one, but the fast bowler doesn’t see it as a problem. “I’m committed to all three. The interpros will be during the week so it shouldn’t make a difference to club cricket which is at the weekends and I’m looking forward to helping The Hills in the league this year and hopefully we can go on another cup run. 

“Playing for Ireland goes without saying, of course. Being on an A contract doesn’t change my mental approach and I know I can’t take anything for granted.” So where does he go from here? “I see my role in the team as a strike bowler, a bowler who comes on to try and get wickets in T20, One-Day and four-day cricket. I want to try and push up the order now as well, bring my batting on.” The future certainly is bright for the fast bowler. 

Cricket Ireland Contracted Players for 2013

A category (5):
Alex Cusack, Trent Johnston, John Mooney, Kevin O’Brien, Max Sorensen.

B category (8)
George Dockrell*, Ed Joyce*, Tim Murtagh*, Niall O’Brien*, William Porterfield*, Paul Stirling*, Andrew White, Gary Wilson*.

C category (4):
Peter Chase, Tyrone Kane, James Shannon, Stuart Thompson.

*County contracted players

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