Neil hopes to grab St Lawrence by the horns

NEIL Hornbuckle hopes to leave a legacy at Denton St Lawrence this season – by leaving them in a better place for future campaigns.

The South African all-rounder comes with a great pedigree after breaking a record for South Western Districts in his homeland.

And the 27-year-old, who is already living in Denton and describes it as a ‘very nice place’ is determined to stamp his quality on his new club.

He started in the right way by scoring 54 with the bat against Monton before taking 3/45 with the ball against Egerton a day later.

Hornbuckle said: “The way Denton St Lawrence go about their cricket is what attracted me to the club.

“They seem very driven to play good, hard cricket and hopefully we will be lifting a trophy or two.

“I am based in Denton and it seem like a very nice place and the guys at the club have been very welcoming.

“But I have hopes for this season. I want to try get the best out of the DSL players leave the club in a better place.”

Hornbuckle plays cricket full-time in his native South Africa while also studying and does not have far to travel to get to work.

He currently lives in Oudtshoorn, where South Western Districts are based.

The off-break bowler is no stranger to England, having previously played in Lancashire for Salesbury and he has previously showed his quality with the bat.

Early last year, he broke South Western Districts’ scoring record in a limited overs competition by smashing 153 not out from just 152 balls.

And as the first XI’s campaign in the Greater Manchester Cricket League Premier Division gets into full swing, Adam Hawley’s side hope to make the step up after being promoted from Division 1B.

St Lawrence started with a high scoring 36-run defeat at home to Roe Green – their 229 all out being the highest score on the opening day with the exception, alas, of their opponents.

And after a week’s break because of the weather, they travelled to Monton before heading to Egerton to begin their Derek Kay Cup campaign, the 45 overs per side contest where in 2019, coloured clothing and a pink ball will be used.

Fixtures for the firsts come thick and fast as on Friday, May 10, they are at home to Whalley Rangers in the T20 competition before hosting Prestwich in the league on Saturday, May 11.

At the same time the second XI is away to Heywood while the thirds host Woodhouses on Sunday, May 12.

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