CRICKET: Fullalove and Thornley accept new challenges in the West of England Premier
CIRENCESTER Cricket club have lost two of their best players, Tom Fullalove and Ollie Thornley just weeks after the end of the season.
Both are to play at a higher level, in the West of England Premier League, Fullalove with newly-promoted Purton, while Thornley has joined the exodus to Lechlade, who have already strengthened their side with the addition of former West Indies captain Sylvester Joseph and one-time Zimbabwe international Ryan Higgins.
“I really enjoyed my five seasons at Cirencester and it will be a wrench to leave,” said Fullalove, who lives in Cricklade where he works as a timber importer. “I would have loved it if we could have gone up.
“But we always seemed to be the bridesmaid, finishing runner-up in the county league in three of the last five seasons, including last term.
“We just seemed to lack a cutting edge in the bigger games.
“Purton played at the equivalent level to Cirencester in Wiltshire but they have now gone up to WEPL.”
Fullalove, 26, who sees himself as a ‘bowling all-rounder’, switched his attention fully from football to cricket with Cricklade when suffering a bad knee injury which required multiple operations.
“I knew the Hudson lads, Dan and Rich, when I switched from Cricklade CC to Ciren for a better standard of cricket, but now they are both gone, too.
“Moving to Purton seems a natural step for me and I know their captain Elliott Hill and a number of the other players.
“Ciren’s Simon Rowe pipped me to the top bowling honours in 2013 but I was the leading wicket taker in my first four seasons there and took my total to 112 last season.”
Fullalove plays for Lechlade in the winter indoor league, but it is Ciren’s leading run scorer last season, Thornley, who will be joining Paul Rowley’s star-studded troops next season.
“We have all watched Lechlade putting this great team together for next season,” said Fullalove.
“Ollie took a year out from university last year but he is starting a new uni which means he will be missing from the first five games of next season so he will have some catching up to do.”
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