BARKISLAND have signed Indian opening bowler Chandrashekhar Atram in a bid to bounce straight back into the Drakes League Premiership.
After a major clear-out following relegation last summer, the club have snapped up the 23-year-old who plays first-class cricket for state side Vidarbha in the Ranji Trophy.
Atram has played Test and one-day internationals at Under 19 level and has previously toured England with India's Under 19s.
A left arm medium-quick bowler and left-hand middle order bat, Atram has played 32 first class games and is almost certain to provide an improvement on last year's disappointing returns by Australian Brad Roworth (11 wickets in 19 games!).
Leading run-scorer Paul Winrow is staying to take over the captaincy and that, along with a clutch of new signings, should ensure they are challenging to get straight back up.
No fewer than five of last year's first team have either moved on or simply not been retained, while keeper Nick Oddy is stepping down to skipper the seconds.
So the club have recruited a new wicketkeeper- batsman Jacob Travis, from Bradford League side Lightcliffe, while another top order batsman coming in is Simon Wheelwright from Halifax League side Mytholmroyd.
The 28-year-old left- hander is an experienced opener and previously played with Todmorden in the Lancashire League.
Another new player expecting to see plenty of action with the ball is quickie Sean Mee, who has moved over from neighbouring Elland. The 18-year-old prospect took plenty of wickets for the Hullen Edge second string last summer and played in the Paddock Shield final.
Boosting the batting line-up will be Niall Lockley, who is a top order batsman with Yorkshire's Under 16 and previously played for Halifax side Bradshaw, while Ben Wells returns to the Scammonden Road side after a brief spell with Southowram.
While batsmen Max Power, Jamie Summerscales, former skipper Gary Colman, Roworth and Brighouse-bound Chris Greenwood have departed, Winrow can still count on regulars Andrew Fraine, Adam Robinson and Matthew Steers, plus promising second teamer Ben Schofield to make life interesting in this season's Frank Platt Conference.