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Newmarket Cricket Club make two more additions in preparation for new season

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Newmarket Cricket Club’s first-team squad is continuing to take shape ahead of the 2022 campaign getting under way.

Last month The Stampede, who will be playing in Division One of the Cambs & Hunts Whiting & Partners League following last season’s promotion, confirmed the arrivals of Bangladeshi all-rounder Mohammad Chowdhury and spin bowler Humair Lakhani.

And now captain Mark Nunn has unveiled two further new signings as he bids to build a side capable of being competitive at a higher level.

Newmarket Cricket Club have further strengthened their squad with the signing of two more players. Picture: Mecha Morton
Newmarket Cricket Club have further strengthened their squad with the signing of two more players. Picture: Mecha Morton

Joe Heather arrives following stints with Mildenhall, Chelmsford and, most recently, Read Brothers Ltd East Anglian Premier League outfit Burwell & Exning.

The pace bowler, who is also capable of scoring runs lower down the order, is well known to Nunn and has also represented Cambridgeshire.

Heather said: “ The main reason for joining was to be reunited with my good mate Mark, who I grew up with opening the bowling for all of the Suffolk age groups and the Cambridgeshire men’s first team.

Newmarket Cricket Club's Joe Heather
Newmarket Cricket Club's Joe Heather

“I want to enjoy my cricket with a good bunch of blokes who want to play hard but keep that element of laughter and fun which I have felt since netting with Newmarket.

“I am confident on a personal level I can contribute with at least two tons and 2 five-fors.

“And collectively I believe we have a strong squad of players and can do really well as a club this year.”

Also linking up with The Severals-based club is Connor Hotham – a wicketkeeper/batsman who hails from Australia.

Newmarket Cricket Club's Connor Hotham
Newmarket Cricket Club's Connor Hotham

Hotham played Grade cricket in his homeland before moving to Newmarket to work within the horse racing industry as part of David Simcock’s yard.

Hotham said: “I have been in England a few years now, having fell in love with the way horses are trained over here. I’ve always had a passion for cricket and played age group suburb cricket in Australia growing up but work has taken me on a different path.

“However, I was always looking to play cricket again after a few years concentrating on work.

“My friend Jordan Smith joined Newmarket and told me many good things about the club so I came to training and really enjoyed it.

“Now I’m fully committed and looking forward to the season ahead with the club.”

The first team have arranged friendlies on April 9 and April 23 at Haverhill and Garboldisham respectively before the new term gets under way on April 30 at home against Old Leysians.

The club will also take on a Newmarket Racing & Trainers XI on July 10 after last year’s successful event.

For a full list of the club’s fixtures, see the club’s social media posts.