EXCITING Jamaican all-rounder Lorenzo Ingram looks all set to join Premiership new boys Barkisland this summer.
The Drakes League’s non-EU Player of the Year in 2012, has turned down an offer to stay with Elland in favour of a move to the Woodfield club.
Ingram scored 997 runs (ave 49.85) and took 53 wickets at Hullen Edge last season, while Barkisland gained promotion to the top flight as Frank Platt Championship winners.
Although Ingram’s decision will be a huge loss to Elland, who went on to finish as League runners-up to Hoylandswaine, his move will come as a massive boost to Barkisland.
Ingram, is currently enjoying his second season playing with Plenty Valley Cricket Club in the Victorian sub-District League in Australia (for whom he recently scored an unbeaten 135) before he briefly returns home to Jamaica and then to the UK.
Cricket lovers will be delighted to see Ingram back in the League for another season after his impressive first season at Hullen Edge.
Not only is he a cultured batsman, guaranteed to entertain spectators (he scored two tons and passed the half-century mark on nine other occasions last season) but he is also an accomplished left-arm spinner and arguably the best fielder in the entire League.
It was no surprise he was awarded the non-EU Player of the Year Trophy by the Drakes League’s Executive, which followed his selection the previous season as the Players’ Player of the Year while playing for Farsley in the Bradford League, with whom he topped the League batting averages two years in succession.
But not satisfield with recruiting one of the most exciting players around, Barkisland will also be welcoming back two former players, Chris Greenwood and Jamie Summerscales.
Greenwood, who is also a slow left-armer, has more recently been at Lightcliffe in the Bradford League, while also having had spells at Brighouse and Sowerby in the Halifax League.
Ex-Todmorden batsman Summerscales was playing at Calderdale neigbours SBCI last season, with whom he won the double. Both he and Greenwood were last at Barkisland in 2006.