Experienced UK seamer joins Brackenfell Cricket Club

Chris LiddleFile image: Chris Liddle.

Brackenfell Cricket Club will welcome the arrival of Gloucestershire seamer Chris Liddle, for the 2017-18 Western Province Cricket Association premier league.

Liddle featured in Gloucestershire’s NatWest T20 Blast campaign earlier this year – and previously represented the Dhaka Gladiators in the Bangladesh Premier League.

The 33-year-old left-armer debuted at first-class level more than a decade ago – and has since gathered a mere 44 wickets in 31 appearances at an average of more than 50. His List A numbers are substantially stronger, after 97 wickets in 69 matches at an average of under 27.

“We are delighted to confirm the appointment of Lee-Roy as a player-coach for the upcoming season. Having played a lot of first-class cricket, his experience will be invaluable for us,” Brackenfell Cricket Club chairman Tertius Dippenaar told Club Cricket SA.

“Having played for our club previously, he also has a very good understanding of our culture – and the way we wish to play our cricket.”

Formerly of the Boland Cricket Board, Brackenfell Cricket Club have been added to the WPCA in order to comply with the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee’s geo-political boundaries.

They recently confirmed the appointment of former first-class cricketer Lee-Roy Walters as player-coach. Walters played first-class cricket for Eastern Province and Boland – and franchise competition for the Warriors and Cape Cobras – between 2005 and 2015.

Their premier league campaign will get underway against Ottoman Cricket Club on 21 and 28 October, followed by a challenging home fixture against Cape Town Cricket Club on 4 and 11 November.