Great Witchingham bring in South African all-rounder Schlemmer

Great Witchingham's new overseas recruit Luke Schwemmer in full flow. Picture: Great Witchingham CC

Great Witchingham's new overseas recruit Luke Schwemmer in full flow. Picture: Great Witchingham CC - Credit: Archant

With three straight EAPL wins behind them, Great Witchingham have further strengthened their ranks by signing young South African all-rounder Luke Schlemmer.

The 22-year-old from Durban arrived in Norfolk last Friday and after having had a week to settle in looks set to make his debut tomorrow when the Witches welcome Mildenhall to Walcis Park (11am).

It promises to be a baptism of fire, with the visitors having former West Indies paceman Tino Best in their ranks, but the new boy is relishing the challenges that lie ahead.

'I can't wait to play the rest of the season here at Great Witchingham,' he said. 'I want to make a major contribution to help the club,'

Schlemmer is a right handed top order batsman and slow left arm spin bowler. He has been a provincial representative from the age of 10 and during this time has been the mainstay of Natal age group cricket.


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He made his first class debut for Kwa Zulu Natal Inland last year in the three-day Sunfoil competition and was later selected as captain of the South Africa colts team.

Witchingham's head coach Mike Jones is delighted to have Schlemmer on board.

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'We are excited at the prospect of Luke playing a big part in the Witches' season going forward,' he said. 'He is a great lad who has already fitted in seamlessly and looks a fine young player. We are all keen to help Luke enjoy his first experience of the UK.

'We have made a strong start to the season and are looking to build on this with Luke in the team.'

Elsewhere tomorrow champions Swardeston, who have also won three out of three, travel to Ingham to play Norwich while Vauxhall Mallards host Burwell and Horsford travel to Copdock.

There are two matches involving Norfolk clubs in the second round of ECB Royal London Club Championship on Sunday.

Last season's beaten finalists Swardeston will be aiming to set off on the road to another lengthy run in the national competition when they host Mallards.

Meanwhile Great Witchingham are involved in another all EAPL match at Cambridge Granta.

Both matches get under way at 1pm.

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