Old friends are returning to join Knebworth Park this summer.
Aussie Jarrod Turner, who was club pro for six years in the 2000s, will be back for 12 weeks from June.
He will bring unbridled enthusiasm, coaching skills and renewed drive to the Park, as well as shoring up the Firsts’ batting.
Also returning from Down Under is coach Graham Rose, who will be here through the first couple of months of the season and is another with boundless enthusiasm for the game.
Both will doubtless give a tremendous boost to our junior section, where their patience and coaching skills will help with the development of our young players.
The news was announced at the club’s annual meeting by outgoing cricket chairman Adam Sergeant.
His role is one of several the club will be seeking to fill in the next few weeks before the start of the season.
Captains for the season ahead were agreed. Guy Warman will again lead the Firsts, with Gareth Jones stepping up for the Seconds. Ian Woods takes over the Thirds, while Bobby Crowe will again be in charge of the Fourths.
Off the field, members heard the club enjoyed a much stronger year financially, while there was great progress in seeking new sponsorship. Subs and match fees are unchanged
The proposed ground move is galloping ahead. There would be many challenges ahead, chairman Chris Johnson told the meeting, but the vision was moving ever closer to reality.
Messages are being sent to members about how they can help in the next few days.