Overseas hunt to be stepped up
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.