Allison Johnson named Claremont Cricket Club head coach

File image: Allison Johnson.File image: Allison Johnson.

Former Barbados and Western Province seamer Allison Johnson will be Claremont Cricket Club’s head coach for the 2019-20 Western Province Cricket Association season.

Claremont Cricket Club and Johnson confirmed the appointment to Club Cricket SA.

Johnson coached Green Point Cricket Club in the WPCA first division A for two seasons before moving to Claremont Cricket Club in the premier league. He has also worked with Bellville Cricket Club, St Augustine Cricket Club and Langa Cricket Club.

The 56-year-old Johnson has effectively succeeded Kent veteran Darren Stevens, who was Claremont Cricket Club’s player-coach during the 2018-19 premier league.

“We are excited to have Allison on board. We have a young and dynamic squad with a strong focus on success in the premier league. Allison’s vast knowledge and experience will help the team achieve success as a unit and as individuals,” said captain Mark Hendricks.

“We are unfortunately without the experience of Darren this season and Kyle Williamson has moved to Australia. The structural change from player-coach to head coach is one that we believe will put the club in good stead.”

File image: Darren Stevens.

File image: Darren Stevens.

Johnson opened the bowling with West Indies seamer Anderson Cummins in List A cricket in the late 1980s. He also played first-class cricket alongside former Proteas Brian McMillan, Craig Matthews, Meyrick Pringle, Peter Kirsten, Daryll Cullinan and others during the same era.

Claremont Cricket Club occupied seventh position at the end of the 2018-19 premier league, after 11 wins and as many defeats in 22 matches. Eight of their victories were achieved with a bonus point.

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