Wisbech double blow

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Wisbech Town Cricket Club captain Alan Burton confirmed that Sam Albutt will miss the start of the season and that overseas player Kurt Law will not feature.

Opening bat Albutt has broken his heel following an accident at work, while New Zealander Law is also injured and will not be in Wisbech’s plans.

Burton said of the Kiwi pace bowler: “Kurt would not have been able to make the start of the season so we are looking elsewhere. We think it’s a shoulder injury.

“Kurt would have been ideal but we wanted a settled side – we wouldn’t want someone coming back halfway through the season.”

The club is seeking another overseas player.

Burton is currently discussing with senior member and county batsman Gary Freear some options about players they know or have emailed.

Burton added: “We’ve asked a few people in New Zealand.

“An overseas player is kind of a luxury. We have a strong squad and it gives an opportunity to the likes of Kieran Haynes and Jack Hastings.

“The only times it will make it hard is when Willo (paceman and teacher James Williams) is unavailable when he misses a few games due to school.

“Sam fell off some machinery at work. He broke his heel and the ligaments were pulled away from his ankle.

“He is seeing a doctor this week and looks like he will miss the start of the season. It is likely to be four to six weeks until the cast comes off.

“Then we will have to work out when his fit and have a few games for the Seconds.”

Wisbech have signed a new wicket-keeper batsman, teenager Josh Bowers from Market Deeping.

Town’s first game of the Tucker Gardner League season is on April 20 at promoted team Waresley.