Ambitious Leigh-On-Sea Cricket Club has announced the eyecatching signing of the experienced middle-order batsman, Roy Smith.
Smith arrives at the Chalwell Park outfit following notable stints with Ardleigh Green & Havering-Atte-Bower, Hornchurch and Shenfield and is expected to be the first of several new arrivals as the club look to secure promotion from Division Two of the Hamro Foundation Essex League.
Leigh-On-Sea Chairman, Mark Sexton, told Yellow Sport: “This is a very good signing for the Club. Roy is a top-quality player who brings a wealth of experience to us.
“He seems to like playing at Chalkwell Park – he always scored runs against us here.
“We are trying to drive the club forward on the playing side and have ambitions of playing higher up the leagues. Roy will play a key role in this
“We have some very exciting youngsters in the first and second teams, blending will some very good, experienced players. We have a new captain in Tim Knox. He will bring a highly competitive edge to the team and an environment that we are sure Roy will flourish in”
Chairman of Selection Committee, Sean Elliott, added: “We set out this season to be competitive and push for promotion, Roy will make a massive contribution to this, with the level of cricket he has played and the experience he brings with it
“We’ve worked hard on making sure positive things happen to make the club stronger over the winter and after speaking to Roy he ticked all the boxes that our club needs for progression.
“The club will benefit as a whole, not just the first team.”
Meanwhile, Smith was equally enthusiastic, adding: “I now live in Leigh. I know the cricket club well and have scored runs there in the past.
“I will bring a lot of experience to the club, having won numerous cups and league titles – including the premier league double as a captain and a treble.
“I love my cricket. Hopefully, I can help the younger players improve, while at the same time having some fun and enjoying it, which cricket should be. Play hard, train hard and chill with a beer after the game.”
Leigh-On Sea begins their Hamro Foundation Essex League Division Two campaign on Saturday, May 8 when Orsett & Thurrock visit Chalkwell Park (12:30pm).