Botswana cricket captain joins Holmewood

Botswana cricket captain Karabo Motlhanka pictured playing for Holmewood. Picture taken by Carl Jarvis.
Botswana cricket captain Karabo Motlhanka pictured playing for Holmewood. Picture taken by Carl Jarvis.

Holmewood Cricket Club’s prospects of a swift return to Division 2 of the Derbyshire County Cricket League have been boosted by the arrival of Botswana captain Karabo Motlhanka.

Motlhanka, a left-handed top-order batsman and wicket-keeper, has played international cricket since the age of 16 and was made Botswana national team captain three years ago aged 22.

He made the 5,500-mile trip last week and contributed to wins for Holmewood against Marehay and Heanor at the weekend - results that helped the North Derbyshire club climb to third place in Division 3.

Holmewood captain Dan Moss said: “We are delighted to welcome Karabo to Holmewood. It’s a real coup to sign someone with international experience at our level and he has the potential to make a real difference to the club, on the field as a player, and as coach to our junior side.”

As well as playing for Holmewood, Motlhanka will coach its senior sides and under-12s Kwik Cricket team, which plays on Friday evenings.

Motlhanka added: “I’m delighted to have joined Holmewood for the 2017 season. They’ve had the faith to give me my first season in England and for that I am very grateful.

“I’m excited and very optimistic about how the season will progress, I am ready to give my all for the club and give a helping hand wherever I’m needed.

“Lastly, a big heartfelt thank you to those who have supported me at home leading up to getting here and the continued support I receive while I’m here.”

Holmewood travel to second placed Mickleover on Saturday (1.30pm start).