New faces for new season at Alfreton CC

ALFRETON Cricket Club are delighted to announce two more new signings in time for the new season.

Tuesday, 22nd April 2008, 3:09 pm
Updated Tuesday, 22nd April 2008, 5:58 pm

Following on from last week’s signing of overseas player Fahad Masood, Alfreton have signed William Chaloner (21) and Peter Groves (19).

Chaloner signs from the Berkshire Home Counties Premiere League club Falkland CC. He is a hard hitting right-handed top/middle order batsmen, and arrives at the club with a reputation of being a big hitter.

He has previously played two seasons with Hampshire u19s and has made one three-day appearance for Berkshire in the minor counties championship and two one dayer’s in the national knock out trophy.

William is currently completing a Sport Science degree at Loughborough University and has represented the University’s 2nd XI alongside Peter Groves who is currently studying economics and accounting.

He signs from ECB Yorkshire Premier league side Hull & YPI CC.

He is a left arm opening bowler, bowling medium/ fast and has produced some solid performances for the University in his first year.

He is also a capable batsman, batting in Hull’s top order last season, top scoring with 69. He has also previously received an outstanding performance award in the East Yorkshire Premier league, scoring 144 not out and taking two wickets in one game.

The club is keen to sign talented young, enthusiastic players but with experience of playing at a good standard of cricket and are aware of the pressures and demands this brings.

In signing Chaloner and Groves, Alfreton hope to have achieved this.

Club captain Jon Hughes said: “Both lads come to us with very good recommendations and are very much looking forward to the new season with Alfreton.”

The club have also welcomed back off-spinner Chris Watt, 21.

He made a significant contribution to the club, both on and off the field in his first season and is a great character to have around, with great enthusiasm and spirit.

Oliver Reynolds, 22, will also be joining Alfreton again, having spent the beginning of the 2006 season with the club.

Hughes added: “Oliver was unlucky not to have taken more wickets than he did that year, and with better luck will provide solid support for our overseas opening bowler, Fahad Masood.”

All four players have recently returned from India were they where representing Loughborough University on a winter tour.

New arrivals

There are also new arrivals from within the DCCL with the signing of experienced opening batsman David Greatorex from Wirksworth, wicketkeeper Danny Richards from the now disbanded Tibshelf and young seam bowler Callum Toft from marehay.

Greatorex has vast experience of playing in the top divisions and a reputation of being a solid batsman, someone capable of building an innings.

Richards is a capable gloveman and someone the club identified last September as a target for the 2008 season. Meanwhile, Toft, 18, bowls at a lively pace and has signed after training throughout the winter with Alfreton.

Under ECB rules players are not allowed to sign for clubs until they reach the age of 16, effectively making them ‘free agents’ up until this point.

Therefore the club is also pleased to announce the official signing of several younger players. Ben Slater, son of chairman Chris, who in his first season of bowling off breaks broke into the 2nd XI and made a valuable contribution to the promotion winning team.

Wicketkeeper Jack O’Dare another member of this team, who joined from Swanwick CC half way through last season.