New faces give Jonny plenty of con­fi­dence

The Cricket Paper - - ECB PREMIER LEAGUES -

BOWLER Jonny Wight­man hopes the sign­ing of Calum MacLeod and re­turn­ing captain Adam Cragg can help South Northum­ber­land re­claim the North East Premier League ti­tle.

After back-to-back league ti­tles in 2014 and 2015, South Northum­ber­land had to set­tle for fourth last year but did man­age to win the Royal Lon­don Club Cham­pi­onship.

MacLeod made an in­stant im­pact with a cen­tury at bet­ter than a run a ball in the club's first league match this sea­son, an eight wicket win over Stock­ton.

Wight­man fol­lowed that up last week­end by tak­ing full ad­van­tage of a damp wicket at South Shields to take 5-15 off 8.2 overs as the hosts were dis­missed for 78.

The open­ing bowler’s job wasn't quite fin­ished though as he was there at the death with the bat as the vis­i­tors snuck home with a one wicket win.

And with their im­proved bat­ting line up, and two wins from two, Wight­man is tar­get­ing sil­ver­ware.

“We are happy with two wins out of two, we want to win ev­ery com­pe­ti­tion we are play­ing in,” he said.

“Over the last cou­ple of sea­sons our bat­ting has not be fir­ing on all cylin­ders but we have Calum MacLeod from Scot­land and captain Adam Cragg to add a bit more strength at the top of our or­der.

“Adam left the club to travel to Aus­tralia and missed the whole of last sea­son but we are hop­ing we can chal­lenge on all fronts.

“Cal­lum is a qual­ity crick­eter and has made it look pretty easy.

“Hope­fully he can get more cen­turies as the sea­son goes on.”

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