Ward ar­rival will be the key

The Cricket Paper - - ECB PREMIER LEAGUES - By An­drew Cof­fey

THE AD­DI­TION of Aus­tralian bats­man Tim Ward could make all the dif­fer­ence for Shrews­bury this sea­son – ac­cord­ing to club stal­wart Ed Foster.

The Shrews fin­ished third in the Birm­ing­ham & District league last sea­son but Ward – who opens the bat­ting for Par­ra­matta in the NSW Premier League – will boost their squad.

Foster is an ex­pe­ri­enced bats­man and vice-chair­man of the club – who kick off their league cam­paign this week­end against Barnt Green.

And with a new skipper in Ben Steb­bings at the helm and with Ward at the top of the or­der, Foster is feel­ing con­fi­dent.

“Tim’s coach at Par­ra­matta was the captain of the Cam­bridge Granta side we beat in the Na­tional KO fi­nal a few years ago, so when the op­por­tu­nity came up for Tim to play for us the coach was quite happy to let him come our way hav­ing seen at first hand that we’re a de­cent club,” he said.

“Tim is es­sen­tially a young guy look­ing to come over and play some cricket. He comes over with no ex­pec­ta­tion from our side.We have an op­por­tu­nity for some­body to come and play and we hope Tim does very well.”

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