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Myrtleford Times - - Sport -

OVENS Val­ley United will con­tinue its English ex­per­i­ment with the ad­di­tion of a sec­ond im­port for the up­com­ing cricket sea­son.

The Tigers hope to strengthen their bat­ting with the sign­ing of Adam Huxtable, a classy left­hander from Ivy­bridge Cricket Club in Devon.

It will be Huxtable’s sec­ond stint in Aus­tralia af­ter play­ing for Lennox Head in the NSW Far North Coast com­pe­ti­tion in the 2015/16 sea­son.

The 23 year-old joins Ryan Withers who came to the club last year with fel­low English­man Con­nor Ham­mond.

Se­nior man­ager Tom Chet­tle­burgh said Huxtable will likely fea­ture at the top of the bat­ting or­der for the Tigers.

“At this stage we will look to open him,” he said.

“The sea­son he spent at Lennox Head he bat­ted in the mid­dle or­der but then went back home and opened.

“He said his last stint in Aus­tralia re­ally im­proved his cricket so we’re hop­ing he’ll bring a bit of sta­bil­ity to our bat­ting line-up and part­ner one of our young guys at the top.

“If we have some­one else you can score runs con­sis­tently it will take the pres­sure off guys like Josh New­ton and hope­fully the rest can build around those two.

“Last year we missed out on fi­nals by 0.2 per cent which was some­thing like 10-20 runs so that’s why we’ve got him out

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