Family has to come first for Norfolk all-rounder Luke Caswell following Horsford exit

Norfolk v Lincolnshire cricket action at Manor Park, Horsford. Norfolk bowler Luke Caswell celebrate

Norfolk v Lincolnshire cricket action at Manor Park, Horsford. Norfolk bowler Luke Caswell celebrates getting batsman Sam Evison out with LBW. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY. - Credit: Archant

Centenary celebrations at a north Norfolk cricket club have been boosted by the signing of county all-rounder Luke Caswell.

The 24-year-old has signed for Norfolk Alliance Premier Division club Ashmanhaugh and Barton Wanderers, who play their matches at Barton Turf.

The left-arm medium pacer has signed a three-year deal as a player-coach with Wanderers, following a 2013 season which saw him named as player of the year at Horsford.

Family has had to come first for Caswell after his partner, Yasmin, gave birth four months ago to their daughter, Tallula.

'I want to be there while she's growing up,' Caswell said. 'I want to spend more time with her for all the good bits of her growing up, that you sometimes miss through working and playing full-time and the time you commit to playing in the East Anglian Premier League.'

Caswell first played in the Alliance at the age of 12, opening the bowling on his debut for Lowestoft in Division One. He went on to play for Beccles in the Alliance Premier.

He then moved up to the EAPL with Horsford and claimed two player of the year trophies during his six years at Manor Park.

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He has also been involved with Norfolk since under-16 level and after making his senior debut during 2010, went on to win Norfolk's young player of the year award in 2011.

He continued his involvement with the county squad this summer, captaining the Norfolk Development squad, and is confident his move of club won't damage his county chances.

'This was an opportunity to take on a director of cricket role, which is a path in my career which I am looking to take,' Caswell continued.

'I'd like to think I've put in some good performances for Norfolk and the selectors know how I like to approach training, they know I'm going to train properly.

'I've had six years at Horsford and made a lot of good friends, but family has got to come first.'

Caswell launched coaching project LC Cricket Academy in 2011 after gaining his UKCC Level Two Cricket Coaching Certificate in 2010 and is working towards level three.

Wanderers spokesman, Stephen Tate, added: 'This is a significant and fantastic acquisition for the club and the fact that Luke sees an opportunity to help take the club forward in such a positive way is very encouraging, particularly for those involved in our junior section.'

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