Newmarket Cricket Club add three more players to their squad for 2021 season
With the season start date drawing ever closer, Newmarket Cricket Club have made three more additions to their playing squad.
Maxford Pipe – a former professional cricketer who played for the Leeward Islands in the Caribbean – will provide plenty of experience, while two local youngsters have also been recruited.
Pipe arrives after spending 10 years playing for Letchworth Garden City in the Hertfordshire League.
The all-rounder scored a total of 3,497 runs and took 178 wickets during his 125 appearances for the club, including three centuries and a trio of five-fors.
Pipe said: “Having spent 10 years at Letchworth Garden City and relocating to Cambourne just outside of Cambridge, I felt the time was right to make a change as I wanted to play closer to my family.
“Having worked in and around Newmarket, I followed the progression of the club last winter and have decided that this is the right fit for me.
“Most of the away games are close to my home which is less travelling, it provides a new challenge and a great home location to play.
“I have to thank Letchworth for an amazing 10 years, it’s a fantastic club and I wish them well for the future.
“I am extremely excited to get going with Newmarket and hope I can contribute to a winning season.”
Also joining the club is Sebastian Betts, who now lives in Newmarket having previously turned out for Buxton in Derbyshire.
The 22-year-old will open the batting for the reformed club.
He said: “Having moved to Newmarket, I was keen to join a club and when I found out about Newmarket forming a new club I was instantly interested in joining.
“It’s a great location to play and I’m really keen to get going. Hopefully I can make an impression and help the club have success.”
Twenty-one-year-old James Atkinson, meanwhile, will wear the wicket-keeping gloves.
He was convinced to sign up after a chat with fellow new addition – and ex-Culford School pupil – Freddie Statham.
“I went to the same school as Freddie and when he mentioned he was joining Newmarket it made sense for me to join. I am a local lad who lives in the town and I want to play for my local club.”
For captain Mark Nunn, his squad is now taking shape with the season opener at home to Ufford Park now just a little over three weeks away.
He said of the new signings: “We are delighted to have somebody of Maxford’s calibre at the club. This is a major coup for us, his experience and skill set will help us both on and off the pitch this coming season.
“Two other lads have joined us which is really significant – James Atkinson and Sebastian Betts.
“They are both very young which is great for the team, they live in Newmarket and are really keen to develop. We are excited to see them in action.”
Nunn will lead his players out for the first time on Saturday when they travel to face Division One side Cambridge St Giles in a friendly.
That is followed on Sunday by another friendly, this time against Old Newton.