|Full name Peter Antony Petricola|
Name Peter Petricola
|National side Italy|
Batting style Left-handed
|Born 5 May 1983 (age 32) (1983-05-05) Melbourne, Victoria,
Current team Italy national cricket team
Bowling style Right-arm medium-fast
Peter Petricola's Italian adventure
Peter Antony Petricola (born 5 May 1983) is an Australian-born Italian cricketer. Petricola is a left-handed batsman who bowls right-arm medium-fast. He was born at Melbourne, Victoria.
While in Australia, Preticola played four matches for the Victoria Under-19s in December 2001. After a short spell in England in 2005, where he played club cricket for Loughborough Town in the Leicestershire Premier League, He later qualified to play for Italy, owing to his Italian heritage. His first appearance for Italy came against a Leinster Cricket Union President's XI in a warm up match for the 2008 European Cricket Championship Division One, in which Petricola played five matches. He was then selected as part of Italy's squad for the 2008 World Cricket League Division Four in Tanzania, making six appearances. He scored 81 runs during the tournament, at an average of 16.20, with a high score of 36. With the ball, he took 8 wickets at a bowling average of 17.75, with best figures of 3/21. His next appearance for Italy came the 2010 World Cricket League Division Four, which was hosted by Italy. He made six appearances during the tournament, helping Italy earn promotion to the 2011 World Cricket League Division Three. Division Three was played in Hong Kong in January 2011, with Petricola selected as part of Italy's thirteen man squad. He played in all six of Italy's matches in the tournament, scoring 226 runs at an average of 113.00, with a high score of 104 not out. This was his only century in the tournament and came against Hong Kong. He also made two half centuries and also took 11 wickets at an average of 15.36, with best figures of 4/38. He was declared Man of the Tournament at its conclusion.
In July 2011, Petricola played in the European T20 Championship in Jersey and Guernsey, which saw Italy end the tournament as runners-up to Denmark. This result qualified them to take part in the World Twenty20 Qualifier in the United Arab Emirates in March 2012. He was selected as part of Italy's fourteen man squad for the qualifier. He made his Twenty20 debut during the tournament against Oman, with him making eight further appearances during the tournament, the last of which came against Kenya. In his nine matches, he scored 191 runs at an average of 23.87, with a high score of 39 not out. With the ball, he took just a single wicket, costing him 106 runs from thirteen overs bowled. Italy finished the tournament in tenth place and therefore missed out on qualification for the 2012 World Twenty in Sri Lanka.
In April 2013, he was selected in Italy's fourteen man squad for the World Cricket League Division Three in Bermuda.