Seamer Toby will provide Lytham’s spearhead

Toby Leaster in action
Toby Leaster in action
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Lytham officials have given their supporters an early Christmas present by signing the Lancashire bowler Toby Lester.

A left-arm seamer with the ability to swing the ball both ways at pace, 22-year-old Lester enjoyed an impressive debut against Essex at Old Trafford last summer.

And he should provide the Church Road club with the attacking spearhead it has lacked since Marcus Sharp suffered his serious shoulder injury a few seasons ago.

Blackpool-born Lester’s ECB Premier League will be limited by the extent of his Lancashire commitments.

But the same problem was encountered by wicketkeeper-batsman Alex Davies, who nevertheless made some valuable contributions for Lytham before becoming a first-team regular at Old Trafford.

Davies recently returned to his home club, Darwen and will be playing the club cricket for which he is available in the Northern Premier League next season.

Lytham have also announced that Dominic O’Brien will take over from Guy Roberts as first team captain in 2016.

Roberts had been in charge for three seasons at the Church Road club, whose first team finished eighth in last season’s ECB Premier League.

However, Roberts’ wife recently gave birth to their second child and it has been emphasised that there has been no major fall out on the Fylde.

Roberts, a widely-respected middle-order batsman, will continue to play for Lytham.

Church Road officials have offered a warm welcome to Lester and have wished O’Brien every success in his new post.

But they have also expressed their thanks to both Roberts and Davies, and have wished the Lancashire cricketer every success in his future career away from Church Road.