Raj Signh joins up with Haverhill cricket Club for 2019 campaign in Two Counties Division One Championship
Excitement is rife at Haverhill Cricket Club for the new Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship to get under way, with the arrival of an East Anglian Premier League (EAPL) player.
Desperate to push on from promotion back to Division One – which the club achieved with a second-placed Division Two finish in 2018 – the club have convinced right-arm fast bowler Raj Singh to rejoin their ranks from Cambridge Granta.
And the signing leaves vice-chairman Greg Street brimming with anticipation of what the club can achieve in 2019.
“We’ve been trying to get him for the past two or three years,” he said.
“So I’m really pleased he wanted to join now, especially with the momentum we’re building over what we are trying to do.
“We’ve never won Division One before and we definitely want to be much more competitive at that level than ever before – we have struggled at that level.
“Without Raj, I still think we’re in a good position in Division One,” he said. “But I would predict a mid-table sort of finish.
“With Raj, suddenly I can see us in the top half of that table and pushing upwards.
“I’m not going to say we will win the title, but you have to start with the right mindset, we certainly want to win it.
“And the addition of a second fast bowler is a big weapon for us to add.”
Singh spent one season with Haverhill as a 19-year-old youngster in 2011, playing alongside current England fast bowling coach Chris Silverwood as well as batsman Luke Youngs – who hit over one thousand runs for the side last year.
He returns to a side with Youngs back involved as well as many players he knows well.
“Raj has a lot of friends here, so it’s not like he’s jumping in at the deep end with a strange club and team-mates you don’t know,” Street added.
“We can’t wait to get going now.”
He also confirmed that all players, barring Dave Humphrey who has moved to Eaton Socon CC, have recommitted to the club for the 2019 season and are busy with practice in the winter nets.
Haverhill are due to begin their Division One campaign at home to Ipswich on April 20, but Street said a number of friendlies had been arranged in the week before, to get the team match fit.