Busy time for Scarborough CC skipper

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Scarborough CC skipper Andrew Simpson is wading through a hectic recruitment schedule as he prepares for a new season.

The North Marine Road side kick off their pre-season preparatory work on the weekend of April 12 and 13 with friendly clash against both Fenner and Stamford Bridge, before their Yorkshire League season starts with a home fixture against Doncaster Town.

Simpson has suffered a few blows in the build-up, with Yorkshire batsman Adam Lyth departing for Marske, while his elder brother Ashley will have limited availablity due to work commitments.

Batter Kunwar Bansil has also moved on to replace Scot McAllister as physio at Yorkshire CC.

The Scarborough skipper has moved quickly though, bringing in batsman Peter Shally, who scored over 1,000 runs for Hull in the Yorkshire League last season.

Simpson said: “There is a lot of work to do at this time of year because we are obviously looking to bring players in. It will be nice when we can actually start playing cricket.

“There have been a few ins and out, we have brought in Peter and we are looking at a few other options.

“Adam has joined Marske and Ashley will only be available for a few games, which will be a blow for us.

“Kunwar has also been great down the years for this club, but he has landed his dream job, so you can’t really fault him.”

Simpson is looking for more of the same from a personal and club point of view when the season gets underway.

He added: “Personally I had a good season last time out, scoring 1,508 runs in 30 matches.

“As a club we will be looking for more of the same. We finished fourth last season, which was slightly above expectation, so if we can manage a place or two better this time then it would be great.

“It is a difficult league though with some great teams like York, who always dominate.”