Western Province Cricket Club star joins Claremont Cricket Club

James CrowsonFIle image: James Crowson.

Batsman James Crowson has left Western Province Cricket Club for Claremont Cricket Club, ahead of the 2017-18 Western Province Cricket Association premier league.

Crowson’s arrival will boost a Claremont Cricket Club unit eager to improve on 2016-17’s bottom-half finish in the 10-team standings. Western Province Cricket Club, meanwhile, must replace a player relatively key to last season’s fourth-place finish.

The talented right-hander played second team cricket for Surrey in 2012, largely batting in positions six, seven or eight in an XI that occasionally featured current England all-rounder Chris Jordan and ex-Test batsman Mark Ramprakash.

According to the WPCA’s third draft of fixtures for the 2017-18 premier league (download here), Claremont Cricket Club will open their campaign against Rondebosch Cricket Club on 21 October – and then travel to Durbanville Cricket Club and Langa Cricket Club.

Langa Cricket Club have been added to the new-look, 12-team premier league, after the WPCA local leagues committee’s recommendations – largely governed by Cricket South Africa’s transformation objectives – urged that a so-called ‘black African’ club be included.