Aussie batsman joins Illingworth

Illingworth CC signing James Whiteley
Illingworth CC signing James Whiteley
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Illingworth CC have signed another Tasmanian as their overseas player for 2014.

Nineteen-year-old James Whiteley opens the batting for Launceston CC, bowling off spin when required.

He plays in the same league as Sean Stevenson and Matthew Battle, previous visitors to the Halifax club, and is also vice captain of Tasmania Under 19s.

Stuart Thompson, chairman of the Aire/Wharfe League club, said: “We know the standard of cricket played in the competition and when presented with another interested player, it was an opportunity not to miss.

“We thought long and hard about securing an overseas player this year. The associated costs are sometimes a stretch in tough financial times, despite all our overseas players having strictly amateur status.

“However, we find it benefits our club development plan and is a great boost to our junior set up and local schools.”

Last year’s overseas man Battle scored 689 runs at 40.53 and took 31 wickets at 16.03 as the Jammy Green club finished fourth in Division Three.

Illingworth hope some of their second teamers can push for first team places.

Liam Kelly, Matthew Sewell, Matty Smith and Michael Bright are all thought capable of playing at the highest level on a regular basis, according to Thompson.

Club nets start on Wednesday, February 5 at Holmfield Mill (7.30). New playersare welcome.

Lightcliffe CC is seeking new players for its women’s squad.

The team started four years ago and plays a mixture of league and friendly games against teams from west and south Yorkshire.

Coach Steve Hartley said: “You don’t need any experience or special equipment to come and play.

“We are a really welcoming, friendly club and we offer coaching and encouragement to all women and girls, whatever their experience and ability.

“The emphasis is on enjoying the game and team spirit.”

Winter nets are onMonday evenings at Hipperholme & Lightcliffe High School. From mid-April, the women will train outdoors at the club’s Wakefield Road ground on Saturday mornings.

Anyone interested can contact Angela on 07941 286821 for more information or email the club via their website www.pitchero.com/clubs/lightcliffecricketclub.