Over­seas hunt to be stepped up

Gloucestershire Echo - - CRICKET -

GLOUCES­TER­SHIRE head coach Richard Daw­son is hope­ful of re­cruit­ing an over­seas fast bowler to re­place the in­jured Dan Wor­rall next month. For the sec­ond suc­ces­sive sea­son the Aus­tralian seamer had to cut short his stay with the county, this time be­cause of a back prob­lem af­ter just two ap­pear­ances in the Royal Lon­don One-day Cup. Since Wor­rall’s de­par­ture, ef­forts to sign a re­place­ment have been ham­pered by the World Cup and other in­ter­na­tional com­mit­ments af­fect­ing po­ten­tial tar­gets. But, hav­ing seen Glouces­ter­shire make an en­cour­ag­ing start to their bid to se­cure one of three pro­mo­tion places in the Spec­savers County Cham­pi­onship Sec­ond Divi­sion this sea­son, Daw­son re­mains op­ti­mistic about strength­en­ing the squad. “We have a break from cricket af­ter this game and I would like to think we can clinch a sign­ing dur­ing that pe­riod,” he said. “We have tar­geted an­other pace bowler and have spo­ken to one or two pos­si­bil­i­ties. But, with the World Cup on top of the In­dian Premier League just fin­ish­ing, it has not been easy to get any­thing fi­nalised. “The in­ten­tion is def­i­nitely to re­place Dan. I’m very pleased with our Cham­pi­onship form so far and there is plenty to build on.” Josh Shaw, on loan from York­shire, has filled the gap and con­trib­uted five wick­ets, plus some handy first-in­nings runs to last week’s six-wicket win over Durham at Ch­ester-le-street.

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