Mpho set for return

PUBLISHED: 10:27 21 January 2011 | UPDATED: 10:52 21 January 2011

Downham market v lowestoft ,Norfolk Alliance Premier  division at Downham maket memorial playing field; Batting Lowestoft Mpho Sekhoto.

Downham market v lowestoft ,Norfolk Alliance Premier division at Downham maket memorial playing field; Batting Lowestoft Mpho Sekhoto.

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AFTER a run-drenched summer season, Lowestoft Town Cricket Club this week revealed that South African star batsman Mpho Sekhoto is to return to town once more.

The 28-year-old’s runs helped Lowestoft finish in third last season and he also coached the successful Town U15 team to victory in winning the Andy Seeley U15 Trophy.

“We are absolutely delighted that Mpho Sekhoto will be returning to Lowestoft Town Cricket Club for the 2011 season,” club captain Peter Sims told The Journal yesterday.

“This is a real boost to the whole club, because after Mumps’ (as he likes to be called) sensational season in 2010, he wasn’t short of offers for the new season.

“Mumps scored over 1,000 league runs in 2010, including six hundreds in the process equalling the club’s highest ever individual score of 175. This alone made him highly sought after, not only in our local cricket but in the UK in general.”

Sims added that Sekhoto’s return will help the club off the pitch as much as on it.

“I am 100pc certain that the terms we offered, where all remuneration is linked to coaching in schools and junior players at the club, was not the best offer that Mumps had on the table,” Sims admitted. “However, the clincher is that Mpho wanted to return to Lowestoft Town CC because he feels at home at the club and enjoys a great relationship with all of the players, supporters, sponsors and juniors at the club who made him feel so welcome last season.”

Sekhoto, from Johannesburg, South Africa is currently representing his first class side, Easterns, in the CSA Provincial Challenge, but when he returns to Lowestoft he will again be delivering coaching in local schools and will further coach the club’s junior players.

“The club would again like to thank the generosity of its sponsors for working with us to deliver the club’s cricket development programme in the local community, of which the junior coaching undertaken by Mpho is just a small part,” Sims said.

The club’s senior practices are in full swing now, having had to relocate to The Great Yarmouth Marina Centre on Tuesday evenings from 7-9pm.

All members wishing to play senior cricket in 2011 are expected to attend and any prospective new members will be made welcome.

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