MORETON-in-Marsh cricketer Darrel Williams is proof that the path to success is rarely a simple one, writes Sam Bennett.

The leg-spinner, 22, spent his teenage years progressing at Worcestershire but decided to leave both county and country in pursuit of his dream.

After a frustrating summer, he signed for RSL Colts in Dubbo, New South Wales, to further his game where club cricket is a serious business.

Williams, who went to Chipping Campden School, admitted: “It was really hard making the decision, obviously leaving the family behind especially my grandparents.

"But it was something I ultimately had to do if I wanted to make a career out of cricket.

“It’s quite tough balancing the work I’m doing with the cricket.

"I’m maintaining and cleaning around a big entertainment building that is owned by the sponsors of the club.

"It’s a 4am start and long, tedious work but it pays the bills and supports me while I’m here as well as letting me have the weekends and evenings free for the cricket.

"I’m doing coaching as well with some of the young lads so it’s quite busy for me but it’s something I’ve got to do to keep my dream alive when I come back to the UK.”

Despite the struggles with heat and early mornings the Durham University graduate is so far thriving.

He added: “It’s going brilliantly so far. It took me a few weeks to get into my stride.

"But once I did I’ve started taking a lot of wickets and I’m averaging just over 50 (runs per game).

"I’ve been lucky enough to be selected to play for the Dubbo representative squad.

"I did well and also got to play for the Western Zone select side in a big carnival last month and ended up as leading wicket-taker which was a big honour.”

He only failed to represent New South Wales on a technicality having played against first-class opponents for Durham MCCU last April which ruled him ineligible for selection.

In the British summer, Williams plans to pursue his dream by seeking out a professional side.