Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Search Is on for New Pro

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Search Is on for New Pro

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Byline: By James Hunter

Benwell & Walbottle have launched a desperate search for a new professional after losing out on Salim Akhtar just before the start of the season.

Akhtar was due to play for Benwell this season but changed his mind three days before the start of the season and is now playing for Cowgate in the Three Counties Northumberland League Premier Division.

Benwell posted 112 in their opening fixture against newly-promoted Burnopfield last weekend but ended up losing by four wickets.

This week they visit last season's championship runners-up Leadgate and Benwell secretary George Gilroy says they still need to strengthen.

He said: "We ran into problems before the season when Salim Akhtar decided to join Cowgate and that means we are still looking for a professional.

"It is very late to try and find a good one now but we are doing our best ( I just hope we haven't missed the boat.

"We had quite a weak team last weekend and we ended losing badly against Burnopfield. …

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