CRICKET: Ex-West Indies captain Sylvester Joseph signs for Lechlade CC
FORMER West Indies cricket captain Sylvester Joseph will be living in Cirencester and playing for Lechlade CC next summer.
In his second major coup in five days, Lechlade chairman Paul Rowley agreed a deal with the 35-year-old ex-Windies Test player on Tuesday.
Last season Lechlade successfully used former New Zealand U19 star Arnie Yugaraja as their overseas player, missing out on promotion in the last game of the season to champions Potterne.
Rowley believes Joseph can help them go one better.
“With no disrespect to Arnie, you would have to think that Sylvester is a cut above him. He is a serious cricketer,” said the chairman.
“He played in five Tests, making his debut – opening and scoring 45 – against England at Old Trafford in 2004.
“He also played in 13 ODIs, including once as captain. He’s a fine batsman and bowls a bit of off spin, too.
“He took a four-year break from the game between 2008 and 2012 – presumably because of his small family – but he was back captaining the Leeward Islands and in the top ten of the averages in the West Indies last season.
“He was found for us by Steven Hirst of CricX.com, who was the same agent we used to find Arnie.
“Sylvester will, like Arnie before him, be my house guest in Cirencester and his wife and kids will be popping over for a holiday in the summer.
“I have heard nothing but good things about Sylvester. He is a leader and a good guy and I expect him to make a difference.
“Even with Sylvester and Ryan on board, it is, of course, no foregone conclusion that we are going to win the league – but we will give it a good go.
“Player recruitment can drag on for months so I am delighted to have these two in place so early.”