Morecambe announce signing of new professional

Morecambe's Josh Dixon.
Morecambe's Josh Dixon.
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Morecambe Cricket Club have announced the signing of their new professional.

Corne Dry will replace fellow South African Kelly Smuts at Woodhill Lane in 2015 with the club expecting big things from the 21-year-old.

Dry, who plays for Free State and the Knights franchise back home, has represented his country at both under 19 and A team level and it is hoped his pace bowling will fire Josh Dixon’s side to an improved season.

New captain Dixon said: “He’s a quick bowling all rounder.

“He’s come through the under 19s with South Africa and has been in and around the A squad.

“He comes highly recommended and is touted for big things. We’ve been after him for about two months.

“It’s a case of watching this space with him but we’re expecting him to take a lot of wickets.”

Dixon hopes his side will be firing on all cylinders with the ball having also snapped up Eddy Read from Ribblesdale League side Settle.

The skipper said: “We played against him in the Lancashire Cup last year.

“He’s taken a lot of wickets in the Ribblesdale League and is playing in Australia at the moment.

“He’s a big signing for us and we’re looking pretty tasty on the bowling front.

“I just need another batsman now.”

Senior nets start at 6.30pm on March 3 at Ripley St Thomas CE Academy with players old and new welcome.

Morecambe have a free weekend to start the campaign to allow the ground to recover from the drainage work undertaken at the end of last season.

They will use the free day to travel to Lancashire League team Ramsbottom on Saturday, April 18.

The club are on the lookout for new scorers. Email if interested.