Mac rained off for S&B but Glee­son will be head­ing to Trafal­gar Road

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MAC Wright will now not be play­ing for South­port and Birk­dale this sum­mer but Trafal­gar Road of­fi­cials have acted quickly to plug the gap cre­ated by the ab­sence of the Tas­ma­nian all-rounder.

In place of Wright, who would not have been granted a visa un­der the Home Of­fice’s new Man­aged Mi­gra­tion reg­u­la­tions, S&B have signed an­other Aus­tralian bats­man, Tearan Glee­son, and have also re­cruited the highly-rated Lan­cashire Un­der 19 wick­et­keeper-bats­man Bradley Yates.

For S&B skip­per Chris Firth the sign­ings com­pleted a topsy-turvy month dur­ing which the dis­ap­point­ment re­gard­ing the un­avail­abil­ity of Wright was re­placed by the ela­tion prompted by the ad­di­tion of two qual­ity crick­eters to his squad. “It was a huge blow when we found out that we couldn’t get Mac into the coun­try,” he said.

“He would have per­formed two roles for us, firstly by bat­ting in the top four and then by bowl­ing plenty of overs as a leg spin­ner.

“How­ever, we have moved very quickly to get two play­ers in who will cer­tainly strengthen the side and it is great news that Brad and Tearan will be join­ing us.”

Firth’s re­lief is un­der­stand­able, as is his sat­is­fac­tion. Yates joins S&B from Urm­ston but started his ca­reer with Brad­shaw in the Bolton League.

He has played sev­eral games for Lan­cashire’s sec­ond team and helped the Red Rose team win last year’s Sec­ond XI Tro­phy.

“Brad will open the bat­ting as well as keep­ing wicket and he will cer­tainly help deal with the top-or­der fragility we seem to have had ever since I started play­ing se­nior cricket,” said Firth.

“Good judges saw him play some ex­cel­lent knocks for Lan­cashire’s Un­der 19 side last year.”

Firth will be hop­ing that Tearan Glee­son also ad­justs quickly to wick­ets in the Liver­pool Gin Liver­pool Com­pe­ti­tion.

The top or­der bats­man and part-time leg spin­ner plays for Footscray Edge­wa­ter in the Vic­to­rian Pre­mier grade com­pe­ti­tion and has played a mix­ture of first and sec­ond grade cricket.

He was av­er­ag­ing over 40 for Crook Town CC last year be­fore a bro­ken fin­ger cur­tailed his sea­son.

“Our bat­ting now looks much stronger and there is plenty of com­pe­ti­tion for places,” said Firth.

“With the sec­ond team squad also look­ing re­ally strong, we have much to which we can look for­ward in the in the sum­mer.”

Tearan Glee­son

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