SHAW Cricket Club has ventured to Australia and South Africa to sign two overseas players for its 2019 season.
They have landed Luke Zanchetta and Tristan Coetzee to spearhead their bid for promotion from division 2A of the Greater Manchester Cricket League.
Zanchetta, a 32-year-old bowling all-rounder, was a team-mate of disgraced former Aussie Test vice-captain David Warner this summer.
Warner, banned for his part in the Aussie ball-tempering scandal, played alongside Zanchetta as they helped Darwen Eagles win a major competition in the Northern Territory.
Zanchetta, who is believed to have played cricket in every Australian state, has never been overseas.
He was recommended to Shaw by former player Ash Doolan who is an Aussie.
Zanchetta will be joined by 20-year-old South African Coetzee who played locally for Thornham this summer in division 1B of the GMCL.
Batsman Coetzee, who scored 850 runs for Thornham, has played age-group cricket for Western Province.
Shaw captain Steve Whiston is delighted with the acquisitions, explaining they represent a “different tact”.
He said: “It was our first season in the GMCL and we were in the dark going into it.
“We had a professional and overseas amateur this season (South Africans Marques Ackerman and Justin Watson), but neither of the two teams promoted had a professional.
“They had overseas amateurs and local players, an approach we are following.
“Apart from Luke and Tristan, we will be looking to add local players to our squad.”
• Shaw’s annual bonfire, the club’s biggest annual fundraiser, takes place at the cricket ground on Saturday, November 3.
The bonfire, the biggest in Shaw, will be lit at 6.30pm and the fireworks display, again sponsored by JD Williams, will be from 7.45pm.
There will also be children’s rides along with food and refreshments.