Claremont Cricket Club sign England batsman Root

Billy RootFile image: Billy Root.

Claremont Cricket Club have secured the services of Nottinghamshire batsman Billy Root, ahead of the 2016-17 Western Province Cricket Association season.

The 24-year-old is the younger brother of England star Joe Root – and will likely be accompanied by Kent all-rounder Adam Ball at Claremont Cricket Club.

Ball enjoyed a prolific stretch of form at the Constantia-based club last season – and kept New Zealander Jamie Holmes out of the first XI in the first division A. Holmes, instead, had to play for the second XI in the reserve A league. A similar scenario is probable for Root, if his stint in Cape Town coincides with that of Ball.

Claremont Cricket Club, who have been promoted to the WPCA premier league, recently recruited former South African all-rounder Justin Kemp as head coach. He will be supported by new second, third and fourth team coach Dean Oosterwyk.

Claremont CC have also appointed the talented James Cameron-Dow as the new first XI captain, succeeding the veteran Zeke Snyman. Former Fish Hoek Cricket Club player Kyle Klopper has also joined.