Singh signs for Bradninch after club merger – Devon Live

The title-winning skipper, is well aware his team will be the side everyone wants to beat in 2023
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Bradninch & Kentisbeare have signed seam-bowling all-rounder Yuvraj Singh as their overseas player for the Premier Division season ahead.
Bradninch, who have merged with neighbouring Kentisbeare during the close season, won the Premier Division title for the first time in 2022 at the end of a three-way scrap with Sandford and Heathcoat for Devon cricket’s top prize.
Gary Chappell, the title-winning skipper, is well aware his team will be the side everyone wants to beat in 2023 and has gone for a young Indian all-rounder with an impressive array of statistics.
“Yuvraj looks a high-class player, who will no doubt have a big impact with us,” said Chappell.
Singh, who is 24, broke into the Indian Railways First Class side this time last year. On his First Class debut against Karnataka in the Ranji Trophy he snared a five-wicket haul then made 48 down the order with the bat.
HIs form continued with another five-wicket haul against Puducherry – and a rapid 46 when he batted – which was followed by a maiden First Class century against Jammu and Kashmir in his third outing.
Averages of 35.5 with the bat and 26.31 with the ball underline why Singh is highly rated. His List A stats are both 33.00 and 33.00. In T2) games he averages exactly 20 when batting and has an economy rate of 6.71 per over.
Chappell said player recruitment has not been a huge mission for the club over the winter as completing the Devon double in league and cup last season said a lot about the existing talent at Kensham Park.
And with Kentisbeare’s players now merged into the senior squads there is additional talent to tap into.
“We have not pushed too hard to sign new players, given that our side is pretty strong and settled and we’ve got a decent crop of youngsters who deserve opportunities,” said Chappell.
“We also knew we would be picking up a few talented youngsters through the merger with Kentisbeare, who will add depth to our squad and push for a place.”
Although Bradninch are not targeting players anyone thinking of joining should get in touch with Chappell. “We always welcome new players and the merger allows us to offer a wider range of opportunities to players of all abilities,” he said.
“Our indoor training starts in February and anyone interested can contact me directly on 07850 872234.”
Heathcoat, who have merged with Sampford Peverell & Tiverton since the 2022 season concluded, will have two first XI captains in the season ahead.
Former Devon batsman Liam Lewis, who previously led the first XI in 2010 and 2011, will be job-sharing with Jack Dart this summer.
Lewis, a senior teacher at Blundell’s School in nearby Tiverton, has work commitments on a number of Saturdays during the first half of the season.
“When I have school commitments, Jack will skipper the side,” said Lewis.
The Lewis-Dart pairing has taken over the captaincy from Peter Randerson, who stood down at the end of last season after leading the team to a Premier Division title and win in the Devon Cup final.

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