Nephew of former England captain joins Swardeston ahead of new season

Joe Gatting, pictured in County Championship action for Hampshire, has signed for Swardeston. Pictur

Joe Gatting, pictured in County Championship action for Hampshire, has signed for Swardeston. Picture: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire - Credit: PA

Hopes of a fifth successive East Anglian Premier League title have already been raised for Swardeston, following the signing of former Sussex and Hampshire batsman Joe Gatting.

The 28-year-old, the nephew of former England captain Mike and son of former professional footballer Steve, has been confirmed as the villagers' professional signing for the 2016 season.

Gatting was released by Hampshire at the end of last season after three years with the county. Earlier in his career, like his father, Gatting played football for Brighton & Hove Albion – playing against Norwich City as the Seagulls were beaten 3-0 in a Championship game in February 2006.

'I am really looking forward to joining Swardeston,' said Gatting. 'Can't wait to get started and help push the club to plenty of silverware for the 2016 season and beyond.'

Swardeston, to the south of Norwich, start their EAPL campaign at home against Cambridge Granta on Saturday, April 14.

The club has also announced South African all-rounder Daniel Poulton as a professional signing for its second XI, which plays in the Norfolk Cricket Alliance Premier Division.

The 23-year-old arrives from Wanderers Club in Johannesburg, where he plays in the Gauteng Premier League.

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'I am delighted to be joining Swardeston CC for the upcoming season,' Poulton said. 'It has always been a dream of mine to play cricket in the UK and now I am realising this thanks to Swardeston CC and Robbie Humphries (of World Sports Xchange).

'I look forward to meeting all the lads and contributing my all to the team and in return having a successful season for the club.'