Former skipper Watkins available for Ludlow following Oz jaunt

Ludlow Advertiser: Louis Watkins is back from a 16-month stint in Australia. Louis Watkins is back from a 16-month stint in Australia.

FORMER captain Louis Watkins could make an instant return to Ludlow Cricket Club's starting eleven this weekend after returning from Australia.

The swing bowler spent 16 months Down Under during a stint travelling, but is expected to train with the Ludlow boys today (Thursday).

Club captain Bryn Simmons says that Watkins' return will boost the team's bowling attack following last Saturday's 88-run hammering of Allscott in Shropshire County League Premier Division.

"He is a great bowler and took 60 wickets one season," said Simmons.

"I will have a look at him in training to see if he can play on Saturday against Newtown, but he is available.

"He is a fantastic bowler - one of the best I have seen."

Against bottom-of-the-table Allscott, South African bowler Matthew Kennedy bagged three wickets to ensure that Ludlow won by seven wickets.

James Gerritse, Ian Simmons and Will Sparrow also snapped up two wickets apiece - much to the delight of Bryn Simmons.

"Matthew Kennedy has done really well so far this season, while Will Sparrow bowls brilliantly and Ian keeps it tight," said Simmons.

"It was a solid display by us and a really good team performance.

"Allscott are struggling slightly this year, but we knocked them off for 88.

"It was never in doubt that we would get to that total and we ended up winning comfortably."

Bryn Simmons (35 not out) and Jack Griffiths (21) helped Ludlow over the line to ensure that they recorded 20 points for the win.

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