Lightcliffe Cricket Club has secured the services of top player-coach Dave Hester for the forthcoming Bradford League campaign.
Formerly of Pudsey St Lawrence, Hester will be teaching all age groups at the club.
This follows the news that overseas player Sulliman Khan will be back for another campaign.
Secretary Bruce Lunn said: “We have spent hours on paperwork and the phone to get Sully’s signing completed. There was a lot of back slapping when he finally signed on the dotted line.”
Last season Khan took over 30 wickets at an average of less than 15. His hard hitting batting was also a popular sight with the Wakefield Road faithful.
Meanwhile, negotiations are still on going on to attract other signings.
Charles Roebuck has committed himself to another season and will open the batting with skipper Chris Taylor.
Rumours of a top all rounder making the journey over the Pennines from the Lancashire League is doing the rounds however nothing was being confirmed or denied, with Lunn adding: “There will be rolling announcements in the coming weeks.”
However, the departures of Andy Gorrord, Chris Greenwood and Alex Lees have been confirmed. Gorrord heads back to Gomersal, Greenwood moves on to Barkisland and Lees will skipper the Yorkshire Academy.
Long serving Michael Brooke, the club’s PRO, has been confirmed as captain of the seconds with Rhys Jowett as vice-captain. Most players from last season have stayed so the club is hopeful of building on last season’s fourth.
There will, as always, be a powerful third team in the Halifax Sunday League with Lunn adding: “We have yet to secure a skipper but there are many names in the frame.
“One or two have been approached and are mulling it over. We should be competitive and another cup triumph would be tremendously exciting.”
The junior section is in good health, with Duncan Powe and Kev Booth pulling the strings.
“These are exciting times for the club,” added Lunn.”
Club nets for senior players start at Hipperholme and Lightcliffe High School on Monday, January 28 at 8pm. All welcome to attend.
Also, the club’s AGM takes place at the Sun Inn on Wednesday, February 6 at 7pm.