New seamer for Durbanville Cricket Club

Jody LawrenceFile image: Jody Lawrence.

Seamer Jody Lawrence has left Avendale Cricket Club for Durbanville Cricket Club ahead of the 2019-20 Western Province Cricket Association season.

Lawrence confirmed the news to Club Cricket SA earlier this week. He joined Avendale Cricket Club from the University of the Western Cape Cricket Club prior for the 2018-19 WPCA first division A, but played just two matches, according to WebSports.

Durbanville Cricket Club won the 2018-19 premier league – and the National Club Championship in Pretoria earlier this year.

Avendale Cricket Club have also lost coach Marcus Oliphant and batsman Shane Dixon, who have returned to Wynberg Cricket Club in the first division D.

“It was an absolute privilege to work with Avendale, but the time is right for me to return to Wynberg and attempt to help them get back into the first division C,” Oliphant told Club Cricket SA.

“I wish Avendale all the best. They are a solid bunch of guys and I trust they are in for a good season ahead. Wynberg are also full of good players and people – and it’ll be great to be with them again as well.”

Dixon was the 2018-19 WPCA first division A’s third-highest run-scorer, after Northerns Goodwood Cricket Club’s Ian Cockbain and Green Point Cricket Club’s Zac Elkin. Dixon struck 672 runs in 21 innings, at an average of over 33.

“This won’t be my first time with Wynberg Cricket Club. I’ve played for them before – and I feel now is the time to give back to them for what they did for me,” added Dixon.

“I’ll be looking to help the junior players, so they can shine. I want to be a mentor to them, while playing, of course. I want to help them grow the way they play.

“I am grateful for having scored all those runs for Avendale, as now I can take that success and share the experience gained with others. I am looking forward to it.”