Kirkbymoorside Cricket Club have pulled off a major coup in signing their first-ever overseas player - thanks to the help of Yorkshire all-rounder Richard Pyrah and coach jason Gillespie.
The Moorsiders have snapped up 21-year-old Zimbabwean all-rounder Neville Madziva, who has represented the Mid West Rhinos, who used to be coached by former Australian Test pace bowler Gillespie, pictured below.
Club secretary Jodie Robson, who is also the first team’s wicketkeeper, said: “Jason Gillespie now follows the club on Twitter and regularly contacts me.”
The Yorkshire coach said: “Neville Madziva is a quality player and person. He is in the early stages of his first-class career and is putting in performances that are being noticed by the Zimbabwe national selectors.
“I enjoyed working with him as coach of the mid west rhinos and look forward to him performing strongly for Kirkbymoorside cc. He is a very talented player who bats well and bowls with good pace.”
Robson added: “Neville is a bowling all-rounder, whose main job is to coach and develop the club’s junior section, starting at under-eights.
“Neville will work closely with junior team manager Graham Jemison every Wednesday and Sunday putting on sessions.”
The keeper continued: “A number of the clubs in the Scarborough Beckett League have had overseas players in recent times, West Indian all-rounder Tennyson Roach played a few season at Flixton and Australian Matt Baillie went a long way to winning the premier league title for Heslerton, so I simply thought why not?
“We developed a link with the lads at Yorkshire and Richard Pyrah contacted me asking if we could accommodate Neville at the club, we sorted a few things and all of a sudden, he’s coming over to play for us.
“It’s a really exciting time and links perfectly into our new club structure, after getting relegated in 2011 we took stock of things and rebuilt, this is part of the next phase really.”
The club have a new captain for the 2013 season, Dave Gardner, who said: “Everybody in the club is looking forward to having Neville here and taking the club forward.
“And I’m looking forward to the challenge as captain in my first year.”
Secretary Robson said: “Gardner has also been eyeing a few other local signings and is certainly not taking the club back to the Beckett Premier League to make up the numbers, we’ve always had strong performers with Gardner and Dan Jeminson among the league’s better players.
“We start nets on February 7, and with the set-up of a junior section, recruiting Neville and developing key things such as our six-a-side, and really being proactive 2013 will be an exciting year for Kirkbymoorside CC.
“Without all our sponsors we could have struggled, but with strong sponsors like Marju Construction and The Black Swan behind us we are sure not to rest on our laurels.”