Town sign up Aussie seamer

WISBECH Town Cricket Club have signed an Australian overseas player – but captain James Williams will miss most of the season due to a long-term shoulder injury.

Town – via their senior county player Gary Freear – have recruited Western Australian seamer Drew Jones, who almost certainly will not arrive in time for the opening friendly against Downham on Saturday. Williams said: “Drew confirmed to us on Tuesday that he is coming. Gary has spoken to him and hopefully he will be here by the end of April, fingers crossed.”

Usually when you think ‘Aussie opening bowler’ the likes of paceman Brett Lee comes to mind. “I wish he was Brett Lee,” said Williams. “Drew is more of a seamer who we have been looking for to strengthen the bowling. He plays second grade cricket in W.A., which is a pretty decent standard.

“Now we’ve got a pretty decent bowling attack, and we need just one more to be at full strength.”

It is a relief to Wisbech Town after their previous Australian recruit suddenly announced he would not be ready for the season.

“We thought it was too good to be true that we’d sorted out an overseas player before Christmas, and then finding out two weeks ago that he wouldn’t be coming,” added Williams. “Hopefully we’ve found a lad who will do a good job for us.”

Not such good news for Williams who has had the results of his scan. He will go for a shoulder operation on June 16, after which he will be out for the rest of the season.

He said: “The problem came after over-use over the last four or five years, and I just needed to get it sorted. I will play the first five or six weeks of the season, then that’s me done. It’s disappointing as a captain not being able to play the whole year. I hope to come back stronger next year.”

n WISBECH are holding a Junior Signing On Fun Day on Sunday, April 17 at the Harecroft Road ground. The event, from 2-5.30pm, is for youngsters aged from 7-16 who are interested in playing cricket this summer.

There will be free coaching taster sessions, and a chance for parents to have a look around the club and meet some of the coaches. Fun activities will include bowling machine sessions, giant bouncy slide, bungee run and assault course. There will be barbecue food and a bar.

Membership fees will remain the same as last year with full membership £25 for the season. Members have the option of being a trial member for £5, and upgrading after three weeks to a full member if they wish to continue.

The membership price includes a membership pack, 15 training sessions, parents/carers social membership of the club and discounted prices for the Junior Community Cricket Week.

n CHATTERIS Cricket Club are carrying out a revamp of their pavilion and ground on Saturday as part of the ECB countrywide initiative NatWest CricketForce. Work will include painting the storage container, putting up nets and sight screens, spring cleaning the pavilion, and general groundwork.

All help will be appreciated and volunteers are asked to be at the ground from 1pm (work may carry over to Sunday morning). Helpers will receive a NatWest CricketForce T-shirt and food to keep them going. For information contact Malc Perry on 07801 719912.