Sonczak sets sights on professional contract
Wednesday 23rd August 2017 @ 10:35 by Mark Phillip

An Audenshaw Sixth Form student is preparing for a trip of a lifetime after receiving his A-Level results.

While many students will be taking up a place at university in September, Matt Sonczak will instead be travelling halfway across the world to Perth, Australia.

The 18-year-old will be spending the next six months playing competitive cricket for Wembley CC. Speaking to Reporter Sport about his plans, Sonczak said: “I’m just finishing the last few games for Derbyshire’s second team, and then on Wednesday 27 September I’m off to Australia for six months to play for Wembley CC in Perth.

“It should be a good adventure, as I’ve never been before, but many of my friends have played cricket over there.

“None of them have said anything bad about it – they all loved it.

“I’ll be doing a lot of training and a lot of coaching – I’ll be coaching quite a few of the younger players while I’m there – and I’ll be playing at the weekends as well.

“I’ve wanted to do it since I was about 12, so I’ve sorted it out this summer and everything is going well”.

A talented cricketer, Sonczak made his Derbyshire first team debut against the West Indies at the start of August.

In the first innings, the teenage star was successful in dismissing centurion, Kyle Hope for 105 and claimed the scalp of wicketkeeper, Shane Dowrich and most notably the Windies skipper, Jason Holder in the second.

The teenager is hoping that his solid performances will one day lead to signing professional terms with his county club. “That’s the dream; it always has been, ever since I was about nine when I first went to Derbyshire” said Sonczak.

“I’ve been through all the age groups, so it was a bit of a shock to make my debut but I loved every second of it, so hopefully I’ll get a contract one day”.

Sonczak comes from a family of sports lovers and follows in the footsteps of his two brothers, Chris and Rob.

He says the support of his family has been brilliant, adding: “They’ve absolutely loved it and embraced it.

“My mum, dad and brothers have all come to watch, trying to get there everyday.

“They were there on Saturday, although they were a bit late because my brothers were playing rugby for Glossop.

“My brothers are always asking if I want to train in the nets, and they’re always willing to lend a hand”.