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).