BOWLERS in the County League have every reason to be wary of the latest addition to Chester Boughton Hall’s batting arsenal.
Kumar Sarna, the club’s new overseas recruit, hit a staggering 228no off just 65 balls while playing in a district level T20 match in Melbourne two years ago.
The 23-year-old batsman, born in India but raised in Australia, was playing for Wonga Park in a Ringwood and District Association fixture against Croydon North.
He is also a former Australia Under 19s player.
Cheshire batsman Lee Dixon, all-rounder Mark Rowland and wicket-keeper Matthew Griffiths have all signed from Oxton, while last season’s Upton skipper and opening bowler Ian Linwood is also on board.
Skipper Jim Gillson, who emigrated to New Zealand in the close-season, has been replaced by Steve Ogilby.
Hall’s Premier Division rivals NESTON have signed Australian all-rounder Chad Wilson as their overseas player. The team will be led by new skipper David Hurst.
In Division One, CHRISTLETON captain Guy Newell will lead a squad containing a good mix of youth and experience. Iroshan De Silva, who made 887 runs and took 41 wickets in 2011, returns, while Varun Sood is available for the entire campaign, having featured in only 13 fixtures last year.
The club’s excellent Little Heath ground will play host to Cheshire’s MCCA Trophy match against Cumberland on Sunday, May 6.
Joining Christleton in Division One are OULTON PARK, relegated from the top flight last season.
Danny Leech replaces Robin Taylor as captain and will lead a side featuring a mixture of junior players and older heads.
New signings include Pat Roberts from Toft and former Park player Guy Emmett from Grappenhall.
Former captain and long-term supporter Syd Williams replaces Ken Torlop as chairman.