Promoted Barkisland have set out their stall to make an impact on the Huddersfield League’s top flight by announcing three big signings.
Last year’s middle section champions have snatched West Indian all-rounder Lorenzo Ingram from Elland while left arm spinner Chris Greenwood has joined from Bradford League runners-up Lightcliffe and opening batsman Jamie Summerscales from Towergate Halifax League champions SBCI.
Promising youngsters Luke and Matt Bridges are switching from Halifax League club Sowerby St Peters but two more teenagers, Isaac Pollitt and Seth Oddy, have gone to Elland.
First team skipper Darren Robinson said the signings had been financed by some generous sponsors and Barkisland were determined to avoid the struggles they had in the Premier prior to relegation at the end of 2011.
“I think that with the signings we have made we will be looking to finish in the top half,” said all-rounder Robinson, who agreed that Barkisland were keen to step out of the shadow of Elland.
Ingram is a top capture. The West Indian has had two superb seasons, winning the Bradford League’s player of the year with Farsley in 2011 and the Huddersfield League’s top non-EU player award at Hullen Edge last summer.
He is capable of winning matches with the bat or ball and like Greenwood bowls slow left arm.
Robinson said Ingram had played for an invitation side in a Twenty/20 contest at Barkisland during the club’s cricket week last summer.
“He seemed to like the club and the people,” said Robinson, who described Ingram as a “massive talent”.
Ingram, a level two coach, is also expected to make a big contribution off the field.
Both the much-travelled Greenwood and Summerscales have played for Barkisland before.
Robinson said Greenwood, who will be vice-captain, was a proven 50 or 60 wickets per season man.
Summerscales, who is teaming up with fellow ex-SBCI opener Alex Kaye, had scored a mountain of runs last year in spite of the weather.
Having secured a 25-year lease on their Woodfield ground, Barkisland are improving their clubhouse.
“It is all being refurbished. The changing rooms, toilets and bar will be ripped out and modernised,” said Robinson.
Indoor nets start on Sunday at the Cricket Asylum in Sowerby Bridge as Barkisland start to the count down to their first fixture back in the Premier on Saturday, April 20. That could hardly be tougher - a trip to champions Hoylandswaine, who are still recruiting.
Barkisland have a home friendly against Central Lancashire League champions Walsden on April 13 and have a home tie against Linthwaite, newly promoted to the middle section, in the Sykes Cup.
Another first teamer has left Brighouse CC. Middle order batsman Matthew Senior has joined Rodley, all-rounder Will Smith having previously signed for close rivals Hartshead Moor.