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Zim call-up for Bognor’s new boy

Bognor CC look to have landed a coup with their new overseas signing, Roy Kaia, who has international experience.

 

The official start of the Sussex County Cricket League season is now a week away.

 

Kits have been ordered, balls have been delivered, squares have been cut and players are returning to the nets after a winter away.

 

One side who cannot wait to get going are Bognor CC, who have made some healthy additions to their squad this close season.

 

Zimbabwe international all-rounder Kaia is the most eye-catching, bringing a wealth of experience of Grade A cricket to The Regis Oval.

 

The 27-year-old has been in good form for his club side Mountaineers this winter, which earned him a call up to the Zimbabwe squad for their recent ODI series against UAE.

 

Boasting a List A average of close to 30 with the bat and 22 with his right arm off-breaks, Bognor will hope Kaia can inspire them to a strong showing in the second tier of the Sussex County League.

 

Winter also saw the re-signing of Joe Ashmore after a good spell last season.

 

More importantly, though, was the appointment of former Hampshire left arm spinner Raj Maru as coach.

 

Having guided leg spinner Mason Crane from Lancing College student into the England international T20 squad, hopes are high that the slow bowling maestro can spin his magic at the Regis Oval this summer.

 

Bognor start the season at home to Haywards Heath on May 4 while Chichester Priory Park, who finished one spot lower than their neighbours last season, host Burgess Hill (12.30pm).

 

For the third season in a row, Middleton CC will once again compete in the Sussex Premier with Sean Heather’s side starting the season away at newly-promoted Three Bridges (11.30am).

 

The club struggled at times last season and had to rely on a good run towards the end of the year to secure their top level status.

 

Middleton continued their preparations for the new campaign with a comfortable friendly victory over Stirlands last weekend, Heather scoring a century in a score of 241-5.

 

In Division Three West Pagham head to Littlehampton, Climping and Patching (12.30pm).

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