Rob(b)hams join the pack
Smith and Scott the big names of the round
West Robham Rabid Wolves
CW XI hopeful Nick Scott will take the spotlight at Kev Gough's Rabid Wolves. His top order batting has pitched him into the ODI frame for CW XI of late, so he is easily one of the most exciting signings of the round. Scott has had precious little T20 experience, but is established in FC and OD cricket for his home club, CW Green, and boasts the flexibility to open the batting in either form. Fast bowler Ryan Dunn fell away shockingly in OD cricket for CW Blue last season. A poor showing in the IPL followed, but the young man has proven in the past that he can be a potent threat with the white ball. A spinner turned opening batsman, Dan Rai's best batting form to date came in Sri Lanka this offseason. But boosted by such impressive performances, he will supply confidence and vigor to the Rabid Wolves top order.
Signings: NG Scott, RG Dunn, DK Rai
East Robham Upper Body
The most bizarrely named franchise of the league received good news of the talismanic signing of Dan Smith. The experience of the CW Black captain will be handy for his team-mate, and first-time skipper, Nath Patrick. Smith attracted a large paycheque in the IPL, then failed miserably to justify it. But his efforts in Australia over the past two seasons ensure a fine T20 record, with an average just under 39 and a SR nearing 150. Another captain, CW Green's Mat Mitchell has had reasonable success in T20 cricket, but has found it difficult to establish himself in any form of cricket over the years. Mitchell brings experience and the occasional burst of conventional swing. The third signing is batsman Bosco Fitzsimmons. Cricket Web Colts signed the teenager to replace the legendary Simon Fitzsimmons, but Bosco has not had much time to stamp his authority at this level. In limited appearances, however, Fitzsimmons has shown an ability to play shots and could be a good fit to T20 cricket.
Signings: DP Smith, MT Mitchell, BC Fitzsimmons