Delight as county pace ace signs

LIGHTCLIFFE Cricket Club first team captain Jocky Wilson is delighted after helping to secure the signing of Yorkshire County Cricket Club pace ace Moin Ashraf for the forthcoming campaign.

The well regarded up and coming bowler has bagged a first class ‘five for’ and his raw pace will have plenty of Bradford League batsmen hopping about when he charges down the Wakefield Road hill.

Ashraf has a best first class bowling return of five for 32 in an innings, so has what it takes to get past the guard of first class county cricketers.

He has also represented England A development teams.

Skipper Wilson said: “I had a large glass of gin when we secured this signing as it was just the tonic we needed.

“We wanted someone who would have the pace to knock over early order batsmen and Moin will be able to do just that.

“He also strikes a mean ball in the middle order, he said.

“Moin will complement the seam skills of Evan Edwards, new capture Charlie Roebuck and Alex Stead.”

He said they will all have big roles to play with the ball, before Lightcliffe release the flight and guile of spin twins Chris Greenwood and Josh Wheatley.

“The countdown has now be begun, and the season is only weeks away.

“I heard a lawnmower the other day; saw some daffodils and removed my winter coat. That could only mean the cricket season is round the corner,” said Wilson

“We have now completed our close season signings and it’s full steam ahead for the opening game of the season against Undercliffe on April 21,” he said.

Along with Roebuck and Ashraf, Lightcliffe have signed locally-based all-rounder Tom Lees, opening bat Andrew Gorrod from Gomersal and wicketkeeper Chris Dyer from Morley.