Author: Alan Birkinshaw
Ambitious Townville have signed Ben Coad to boost their challenge for honours in the 2020 season.
The 25-year-old Yorkshire new-ball bowler has agreed to join the 2019 Premier Division runners up after playing his previous club cricket with Harrogate.
Townville chairman Graham Collinson said: “Ben is somebody we have been interested in signing for some time.
“We appreciate that his availability is going to be governed by his county commitments, but it will be good if we can have a player of his quality leading our attack when circumstances allow.
“We are an ambitious club and want to move forward. I am sure that Ben saw what we achieved last season when we came second in the league and were runners up in the Heavy Woollen Cup and that helped persuade him to sign for us.
“Some of our players played in junior representative cricket with him so he already knows members of our squad.”
Coad has taken 145 wickets in 36 First Class games for Yorkshire at an average of 20.18. He made his debut in 2016 and has since become a key part of Yorkshire's bowling attack.
Townville are currently looking to make further additions to their squad and are considering their options.
“We haven’t decided finally on whether we want an overseas player or a top-quality English player,” added Collinson. “Our side is still basically a young one with many of the players being Townville boys, and we will be carefully weighing up our options.
“Dave Booth and Lee Poulter do a lot of work looking for players to improve the team. We like to try and look at different sources to other people.
“In the past two seasons we have brought in players like Harry Clewett and Harry Warwick from Lincolnshire clubs and they performed really well. Let’s hope we can have the same success again.”
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