Colne snap up South African Kelly Smuts for new season

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COLNE have acquired the services of South African all-rounder Kelly Smuts for the 2011 Thwaites Original Lancashire Cricket League campaign.

While Nelson will welcome back Burton de Wett to Seedhill for another season.

Smuts, 20, brother of former Chorley professional Jon, who was substitute professional for the Horsefield club last season, has scored 926 runs at 40.3 since making his First-class debut for Eastern Province in 2009, though he has yet to take a wicket at First-class level.

Colne CC chairman Trevor Lonsdale said: “We are delighted to have secured the signing of such a highly regarded rising star in Kelly Smuts.

“He is a genuine all rounder who is a class batsman and who bowls quickly.

“He was a star of the South African Under 19 team in 2009 and his signing is just the first step in the rebuilding process that we are undertaking this winter at the club.

“We look forward with great anticipation to his contribution both on and off the pitch in 2011.”

Smuts will become the club’s seventh South African professional after taking over from Ali Anwar.

De Wett, meanwhile, is back at Nelson, having scored 710 runs and claimed 46 wickets in 19 matches last season.

Both clubs are in indoor nets ahead of next month’s start.

Colne are at Pendle Vale (Walton School) on Wednesdays between 7-8 p.m., while Nelson are at Pendle Vale College on Sundays from 2-4 p.m.

The campaign starts on Sunday, April 24th, and games wiill have the new start time of 1 p.m.

Colne are in action the previous day as Worsley Cup holders against champions Ramsbottom in the Ron Singleton Colne Trophy - a repeat of the final.