2nd team expecting tough season

Southport and Birkdale’s supporters will see a second Australian wicketkeeper-batsman displaying his skills at Trafalgar Road this summer following the recruitment of James McCombie.
 
It is envisaged that McCombie, who has paid his own airfare to the UK, will play for S&B’s second team as they seek to establish themselves in the Premier League.
 
The 20-year-old batsman-wicketkeeper currently plays for Northern Power in the Central Coast Cricket Association’s top division and came to S&B’s notice via the agency run by Northern skipper James Cole, who seeks to find appropriate clubs for players of all standards who wish to spend a season playing cricket in England or Australia.
 
S&B’s new second team skipper Phil Bell is particularly pleased with the recruitment of McCombie as he seeks to prepare his promoted side for the high standard of cricket played in the Premier League.
 
“It’s going to be a very tough season with week after week of demanding games,” said Bell. “Fortunately the first team have strengthened their squad which should help us but the aim is to secure our place in the top division for 2015.
 
“We’ve a good mix age-wise with Charlie Byrne and Isaac Lea being two young lads who are rapidly developing their skills, but I am also delighted that my predecessor Dave Britton will still be playing for the twos.
 
“A few of the rest of us, myself included, have got to step up and show some consistency of performance in the Premier League.
 
S&B have also recruited batting all-rounder Tom Baybutt from Southport Trinity. “I understand Tom had been at Southport Trinity for eight seasons and he was looking for a new challenge and wanted to get back into the Med Imaging Liverpool Competition.” said Bell.