Mytholmroyd CC have signed highly-rated wicketkeeper Jacob Travis and are keen to try to relieve Jer Lane of some of their Foster’s Halifax League silverware.
Travis, who started at Sowerby St Peters and has since played for Lightcliffe and Barkisland, will fill the one obvious void in the Royd line-up.
Skipper Dave Townsend stood in behind the stumps in 2013, when long-serving Martyn Astin played most of his cricket in the seconds.
Townsend, now the club’s cricket manager in a shake-up behind the scenes at the Moderna Way club, said new chairman Simon Wheelwright had helped with Travis’s capture.
“Simon played alongside him at Barkisland a couple of seasons ago and Tom Earle (the new captain) also knows him very well.
“He’s a very good signing. He’s a good ‘keeper and can also bat as well.”
Mytholmroyd have been further boosted by opening batsman Steve Senior’s early return from a jaunt to Australia and the likelihood of all-rounder Tom Greenwood being available more in 2013.
Senior scored 860 league runs for Triangle in 2011 but Townsend said he had played only a couple of matches on his return to ‘Royd last season before heading Down Under with the intention of not returning until July this year.
“He is like a second new signing for us,” said Townsend.
Greenwood’s appearances last year were limited when his work partner broke bothankles.
“We should be very strong,” added Townsend. “We have potentially 13 first team players pushing for places which is how it should be.”
Jer Lane won the league and Parish Cup last season and have made two useful additions in Simon Collins from Bradshaw and Sam Wilson from Clayton.
Thornton, another former Bradford Central League side, are also tipped to do well but Townsend said Mytholmroyd would try hard to make sure that pair didn’t have things all their own way.
“Jer Lane are extremely strong with their signings but we’re strong as well and I’m sure we’ll give it a good go.
“We reached finals day in the Twenty/20 last year and the quarter finals of the Parish Cup.
“This year we want to put Mytholmroyd back on the map and push for the title.”
One new face at Royd’s Thursday evening nets at the Cricket Asylum in Sowerby Bridge is West Indian Tennyson Joseph, who Townsend said had moved to Mytholmroyd after living in the south of England for several years.
Townsend said the medium pace bowler had “looked quite useful” but it was too early to say if he would be joining.