Williams is hit by injury blow

Wisbech Cricket indoor nets preparing for the start of the season at the Thomas Clarkson school Wisbech''James Williams
Wisbech Cricket indoor nets preparing for the start of the season at the Thomas Clarkson school Wisbech''James Williams
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WISBECH Town skipper James Williams looks like missing the start of the cricket season in three weeks time.

The Cambridgeshire all-rounder has sustained a shoulder injury as he prepares for the new season and is waiting to hear the results of a scan later this week.

Williams said: “I have not bowled a ball for six weeks and was hoping that the injury would clear up but it has just not got any better so I went for a scan.

“I will just have to wait for the results.”

This injury blow is not the only setback the Wisbech club have received.

Williams felt sure he had lined up an Australian overseas player for this season but the player pulled out at short notice last week.

“First he was coming and then he said he was not ready to come to England yet which was a bit short notice.

“I have already been in contact with another player in Australia and hopefully we can tie things up in the next two weeks.”

But Williams also did have some good news with two new signings for this summer.

Former Wisbech player Sam Albutt is returning to the club after a spell with Stow.

Williams added: “Sam is a lot more mature now and is a decent batsman who will give us a big boost.”

The other signing is the Wisbech Grammar School first team skipper Jack Hastings who has also played for Cambs under 19.

“Jack is an opening bowler and a destructive batsman who I have been coaching at the school. He played for North Runcton previously.”

“We have kept all the players from last season and so with two new additions we look to have a stronger squad especially if we can get the overseas players sorted out.”

The club begin their season with first and second team friendlies against Downham on April 9 followed by the annual two-day match against the MCC on April 13-14.

March Town will have Australian Matt Wilcox back in their ranks for a second season.

Wilcox scored more than 1200 runs last season and took over 40 wickets despite only bowling for half the season because of injury.

Skipper Chris Ringham said: “Having Matt back is a massive bonus for us. He did really well last season. He should be here for our friendly against Downham on April 16.”