Warwickshire batsman to play for Port Elizabeth Cricket Club

Andrew UmeedFile image: Andrew Umeed.

Port Elizabeth Cricket Club have secured the services of Warwickshire batsman Andy Umeed, ahead of the 2017-18 Eastern Province Cricket premier league season.

Umeed was a relatively regular feature for Warwickshire in division one of the 2017 County Championship – and recorded the second slowest century in Championship history in June.

The 21-year-old right-hander’s patient 113 against Lancashire at Edgbaston in Birmingham, indeed, spanned all of 393 deliveries and 494 minutes.

The Glasgow-born Umeed kept illustrious company at Warwickshire, opening the batting in an XI that included former England Test cricketers Ian Bell and Jonathan Trott. He has played first-class, but not ODI cricket, for Scotland.

“Andy will definitely be adding a lot of experience – and will be the missing link up front we needed last season. He is young and vibrant – and brings a lot of energy into the team and league,” player-coach Garret Perry told Club Cricket SA.

“He is a team man and already fits right in. He is going to be a serious match-winner for us this season.”

Port Elizabeth Cricket Club confirmed the retention of Perry earlier this year.

He was instrumental in Port Elizabeth Cricket Club’s rise to fourth position in the 2016-17 premier league, which brought seven victories in 12 attempts.