Chorley make a double swoop for batsman and all rounder

Saeed Bariwala in action for Preston CC
Saeed Bariwala in action for Preston CC
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Top rated South African ace Wihan Lubbe has signed as Chorley Cricket Club professional for 2016.

Delighted club officials confirmed the 23­-year-­old, who is an exciting left handed batsman and also bowls off breaks, has put pen to paper on a deal and will fly over in good time for the coming season, when Chorley will be led by new skipper Ian Dickinson.

The signing forms part of a double swoop for the Windsor Park club who have also captured vastly experienced all rounder Saeed Bariwala.

Lubbe, who is highly regarded in South Africa, was born in the country’s capital Pretoria and has played first class cricket for his province North West since 2013.

“We have been working hard since the end of last season, exploring many options, and in Wihan Lubbe we think we have a talented, young cricketer who our supporters will enjoy watching,” said Chorley chairman Peter Mockett.

“Ex­ NPL pro Brett Pelser has been of great assistance in securing the services of his fellow South African and the lengthy administrative process has been professionally carried out by our new treasurer James Lee.”

And the Windsor Park chief also welcomed Bariwala, who has previously performed with distinction for rivals Preston and Kendal.

He said: “Saeed is a proven NPL all rounder and will doubtless strengthen our side and a great signing for us.

“We are very pleased indeed to have made what we are confident will prove to be significant signings for 2016 as our move to take the club onwards and upwards.”

Dickinson, who has accepted the captain’s role on a permanent basis after taking temporary charge towards the end of last term when Andy Holdsworth stepped down, also expressed his delight at the signings.

He said: “I’m totally committed to raising the standard of our team to the level where we will be challenging for honours this season and with these signings, together with our present pool of players I am genuinely optimistic that we can do so.

“We aim to bring exciting, entertaining cricket to our supporters at Windsor Park and to be competitive in all away games.”

The club have also been boosted by the return of batsman Stuart Naden after a spell in Australia and are stepping up preparations for the new season in April with senior and junior nets beginning on February 1 at Parklands High School. New players are welcome at the weekly nets. Contact Alex Howarth on 07772 108400 for details.