Peterborough Town’s bid for a fourth succesive Northants Premier Division title appears a bit tougher after one of their main rivals announced a major signing coup.
Oundle Town, who finished fourth last season, will have former England one-day international Mal Loye in their ranks next season.
Loye (42) represented his country seven times on a tour of Australia in 2007 and also played for Northants and Lancashire in a career that yielded over 15,000 first-class runs.
Loye will play for Oundle and be heavily involved in club coaching.
Oundle skipper Phil Adams said: “We’re very pleased to have secured a player of Mal’s experience for not only this season but for hopefully seasons to follow as well.
“He’s not only a high class performer on the field but also a very highly-regarded coach.
“ We’ve been searching for that extra senior player to not only weigh in with runs at this level, but to also work closely with our homegrown players as they continue their development into Premier League cricketers.
“It’s a big coup for the club. If you think where we were four years ago, for us to sign a player with over 15,000 first class runs to his name really shows the ambition we have as a club. “
Market Deeping CC have also strengthened their side with the recruitment of a top quality overseas player from South Africa.
Emile Kriek has agreed terms to spend a summer at Outgang Road playing in the Lincs Premier Division and coaching the club’s youngsters.
Kriek (25) comes with an impressive pedigree.
He’s the current captain of Boland who compete in high-class provincial cricket in South Africa. One of his team-mates is outstanding Oundle all-rounder Petrus Jeftha.
Kriek has scored over 2,000 first-class runs including two centuries with a top score of 149.
He can also bowl medium pace.