Calder Valley rivals bolster their bowling attacks

Usman Saghir

Usman Saghir

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Booth and Mytholmroyd have strengthened their bowling attacks in the countdown to the start of the Foster’s Halifax League season in five weeks’ time.

Both have recruited players from Premier Division rivals Warley.

Booth, runners-up to Jer Lane last year, have signed Usman Saghir. He is a welcome addition following the loss of Chris Shannon to champions Jer Lane.

Rob Laycock, Booth’s league side batsman, said: “We would class him as a bowling all-rounder.

“Hopefully he will get through a fair number of overs and fill the bowling space left by Chris Shannon, as well as adding to the depth of our batting.”

Amjid Azam is Mytholmroyd’s new signing.

He looks a like-for-like swing bowling replacement for Chris White, who as previously reported has gone to Blackley along with batsman Barry Hawksworth.

Azam, who took nine wickets in one game at Sowerby St Peters last year, should complement speedy Jack Earle well.

Mytholmroyd, who finished third in 2014, might also have to manage without Tom Greenwood and Simon Wheelwright due to family reasons.

Greenwood is an opening bowler who hits the ball hard while Wheelwright has been a successful high-order batsman and captain in recent years, playing in both the Halifax and Huddersfield leagues.