Cricket: Tigers lure rival to playing and coaching role for Premier Cricket title tilt

Cricket: Tigers lure rival to playing and coaching role for Premier Cricket title tilt

CLAREMONT-NEDLANDS Cricket Club has lured Keagan Africa from University in a playing and coaching role to challenge for this year’s WA Cricket Association Premier Cricket title.

Claremont-Nedlands drew in their semi final against Willetton last season, cutting short its finals charge.

Africa has been acquired to boost the Tigers’ bowling stocks while the team’s powerful batting line-up remains largely unchanged.

Prominent youngsters Tim David and Nick Hobson have returned from England and former Claremont-Nedlands junior Cameron Steel has followed the pair, returning from Middlesex.

Matt Kelly will lead the attack after a stellar 2016 and veterans Travis Birt, Chris Brabazon and Dan Turkich will need to fire to guarantee a second straight finals berth.

Coach Tim Macdonald will lead the ranks as the Tigers push for an elusive two-day premiership.

University will continue its rebuild after an 11th-placed finish, with plenty of youngsters in the frame to impress this season.

Harry Podmore brings premiership success from Middlesex in an exciting coup for the Students with the 23-year-old expected to form a deadly new-ball combination with Alex Penter after his 37 wickets in 2015-16.

Subiaco Floreat will look for big impacts from exciting young duo Hamish McKenzie and Cameron Green.

The 2016-17 seasons starts this weekend.