Waringstown sign South African Glen Addicott
A Bushe (News Letter)
WARINGSTOWN have signed South African all-rounder Glen Addicott as a replacement for his free-scoring compatriot Obus Pienaar.
The 26-year-old, who has been in prolific form with the bat in the South African domestic season with KwaZula-Natal, will link up with the Bob Kerr Irish Cup holders in mid-April.
Waringstown turned to Addicott after Pienaar's franchise, the Knights, ruled that he would not be allowed to spend the South African winter abroad because of concerns about a long-term back condition.
Waringstown captain Kyle McCallan said, "We are delighted to have secured the services of Glen Addicott for the coming season. He comes highly recommended and his performances over the winter in South Africa underline that he is a high quality cricketer. While it was a disappointing that Obus could not return for a second season, we are confident Glen will prove to be a great asset for the club. We are looking forward to challenging for honours again this summer and defending the NCU Challenge Cup and Bob Kerr Irish Cup that we won in 2011."
Addicott was the third-highest run-scorer in the Cricket South Africa one-day challenge competition this winter, and he also bowls useful medium-pace. He will a strong Waringstown top order along with McCallan, James Hall and last year's outstanding batsman, Lee Nelson.
The villagers are however sweating on the fitness of Josh Hall, with the Ireland under-19 star having been diagnosed with a stress fracture of the back. A scan this week revealed that Hall may yet play some part in the season, having initially been ruled out for the entire campaign.
In other NCU news, CIYMS have confirmed the signing of the Zimbabwe under-19 all-rounder PJ Moor. The youngster was recommended to the Belmont club by his fellow countryman Ryan Butterworth, who joined the club from Eglinton over the winter.