YOUNG bowler James Gerritse has a leading role to play for Ludlow Cricket Club this summer.

That’s the view from skipper Bryn Simmons, who says Gerritse has ‘gained a yard of pace over the winter’.

Gerritse’s confidence should be high for this Saturday’s vital home against Reman Services in the Shropshire County League Premier Division.

The teenager bagged 3-2 and helped to reduce Cound to 5-4 from 6.3 overs in last weekend’s rain-affected league clash.

Ian Simmons (41), Matt Kennedy (22) and Jamie Smith (19) reached double figures as Ludlow were shot out for 129 in the 37th over.

But, in a match already reduced to 45 overs a side due to wet weather, Ludlow were in control when heavy rain forced an abandonment.

“It was the best six overs which we have bowled all season,” said captain Simmons.

“We bowled superbly and had got rid of all of Cound’s top order.

“Matt was bowling very quickly – he steamed in – and got a wicket with the first ball of Cound’s innings.

“I think we would have won had the game gone on for much longer.

“James is only 17 or 18 and he’s a young lad who bowls at a good pace and has added a yard of pace from last season.

“He has improved a lot since I have been involved at the club.

“He’s from Church Stretton but has always played at Ludlow.”

“It was a bit unbelievable but Cound got 10 points from the match and we finished with only eight points.”

Ludlow will welcome back Louis Watkins for the visit of Reman Services but Sam Edwards is away at a wedding.

“Reman Services will be a big game but, hopefully, we will be able to carry on what we started,” said Simmons.

“It just goes to show what a bit of confidence to do for you.”