GERRIE Snyman is back as professional to spearhead Moorside’s challenge for honours in their debut season in the Greater Manchester Cricket League.
The Namibian enjoyed a memorable first season at Turf Pit Lane helping Moorside win the Tom Hardman T20 Cup.
Team-mate and former captain Danny Anchor said: “We are delighted to have Gerrie back – he won us the T20 almost single handedly.
“Gerrie sustained a bad shoulder injury half way through the season that stopped him bowling, but he is back to fitness and will be able to bowl and bat next summer.”
Anchor also revealed that this will be the last season in English cricket for Snyman, the former Heyside paid man, who is not returning after next summer.
Moorside are also confident they will have secured an overseas amateur by the end of January.
The club has also signed seam bowler Michael Pritchard, who helped Middleton win the Pennine League, Championship title last summer.
He will replace Lee Warburton who has emigrated to New Zealand.
Alex Griffiths, who has hardly been available for a couple of years through work commitments, will be back full time at wicketkeeper to replace Pip Taylor who has retired.
Anchor, 40, will also be playing his last season as, after recently becoming a father for the second time, he has decided to call it a day.
He is excited by the prospect of playing in the new league in his farewell campaign.
Anchor added the club is delighted to be playing in the first division.
“I think I have only played against three of the clubs in our division so there will be a lot of new teams and grounds to visit,” he said.
Moorside will play in division 1B alongside Dukinfield, Egerton, Glodwick, Glossop, Monton Sports Club, Saddleworth, Stand, Swinton Moorside, Thornham, Unsworth and Winton.