SOUTH AFRICAN FLIES IN
NEW PRO FOR CHORLEY
Chorley's long search for a professional is over. The club have announced the signing of South African fast medium bowler Friedel de Wet, who is expected to arrive at Windsor Park next week.
The 27-year-old will miss the first game of the season, when Chorley travel to Leyland due to his work permit being processed.
Chorley's cricket manager John Hotham told the Chorley Guardian: "It's a huge signing for Chorley and for league cricket in general. He's described as being medium fast but in league cricket that's rapid.
"The decision has not been taken lightly by the committee at Chorley and I think it's important we get the right player. Friedel is a fantastic cricketer and has played all over the world. It will generate a lot of interest at Windsor Park."
Durban born de Wet has played 35 first-class games and taken 146 wickets at an average of 22. He averages 14 with the bat.
He opens the bowling for the Lions in South African domestic cricket and recently toured India with the South African A side.
Cricket agent Gary Hunt sorted out the deal through his Cric-Intro agency. De Wet had been signed by Middlesex as a Kolpak player but because he hadn't played club cricket didn't qualify, hence the move to Chorley for this season", Hunt explained. "It's a great signing by the club."
De Wet replaces Stephen John as Chorley professional. The Rochdale Observer reports that John is currently applying to play in the Central Lancashire League as an amateur.