James Peirson, a former Australia under-19 representative, made a significant mark for the Bulls during the 2013 Ryobi Cup. In his initial two matches, he showcased his talent by scoring consecutive half-centuries, leaving a strong impression.
Known for his proficiency as a wicketkeeper and his solid right-handed batting skills, Peirson is a versatile player who can effectively occupy a top-order position. His leadership qualities were evident when he captained Queensland to victory in the 2011 Australian Under 19 Championships, emerging as the team’s leading run-scorer with an impressive tally of 311 runs at an average of 58.
In the early stages of his career, Peirson faced the challenge of sharing the wicketkeeping duties with the experienced campaigner, Chris Hartley, who was a regular fixture in the Queensland lineup. As a result, Peirson primarily featured in second XI cricket.
However, a turning point arrived when Hartley was omitted from the Bulls’ 2016 Matador BBQs One-Day Cup squad. This provided an opportunity for Queensland to expedite Peirson’s development as a wicketkeeper.
The retirement announcement by Hartley at the conclusion of the 2016-17 season created an opening for Peirson to play a substantial role for the Bulls in the 2017-18 season and beyond. His growth as a cricketer and wicketkeeper positions him to make a significant impact in Queensland’s future cricketing endeavors.