County in hunt for new pro
CRICKET: Suffolk are still seeking a professional for this summer's cricket season. Former England batsman Bill Athey will only be available for very limited appearances, while an attempt to sign ex-England and Northamptonshire bowler Paul Taylor has fallen through.
SUFFOLK are still seeking a professional for this summer's cricket season.
Former England batsman Bill Athey will only be available for very limited appearances, while an attempt to sign ex-England and Northamptonshire bowler Paul Taylor has fallen through.
Athey replaced Derek Randall and played regularly for Suffolk last year.
But a new job coaching football and cricket at Dulwich College means the ex-Middlesbrough footballer is unlikely to feature, although Suffolk have retained his registration.
Taylor is seeking a wider package than just playing, and is talking to other Minor Counties. More bad news for Suffolk is that South African Dave Callaghan will not be bolstering their one-day Cheltenham and Gloucester Trophy side.
Callaghan is staying in his home land this year and will not be playing club cricket for Lytham St Anne's.
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Kevin Brooks, Suffolk's director of cricket, said today that finding a bowler to become the county's professional was the main priority.
"We think we need a quality bowler," said Brooks. "We are still searching. There are doubts about the availability of Chris Seal, who has moved away, and Kevin Shaw, who had a knee operation last year.
"And Gary Kirk at 39 is getting no younger and has increased work commitments. We should still have Ian Graham and Richard Pineo, but a new pace bowler would be ideal for the Minor Counties Championship and one-day games."
Suffolk, who had plenty of one-day success in 2001 but very little three-day success, have already qualified to meet Northants at Bury St Edmunds on May 29 in the third round of this season's Cheltenham and Gloucester Trophy.
Suffolk have yet to decide if they are to bring in an overseas player for this to replace Callaghan. Graham and skipper Phil Caley are currently on a Club Cricket Conference tour to Australia, while Russell Catley has been appointed Suffolk vice captain.
Suffolk coach Andy Brown will oversee second XI games following a move out of the area by Adam King. He will work with second XI skipper Andy Squire.