SOUTH Western Districts cricket have bulked up their playing stock by signing four new players for next season. Having missed out on their first major trophy last season by finishing second in the CSA three-day competition, SWD are determined to go one better in 2012/13.
Announcing the contracted players for next season in Oudtshoorn, chief executive Albertus Kennedy said the board had retained the nucleus of the successful squad from last season. But the Southern Cape team will have four formidable newcomers who will certainly add significant value.
The experienced Adrian McLaren is the most high-profile of the signings. He made his first-class debut for Griquas 12 years ago and has played franchise cricket for the Chevrolet Knights and Impis.
Glen Addicot is a top-order batsman who represented the Dolphins and KwaZulu-Natal Inland and will form a key part of the batting line-up.
Opening batsman Luthando Mnyanda, from Border, had a highest first- class score of 145 and honed his skill at the Fort Hare Cricket Academy.
Reece Williams, who learnt his cricket in Port Elizabeth and has played for Eastern Province and the Warriors, has been brought in as cover for main strike bowler Gurshwin Rabie.
Rabie is likely to spend a large part of the season playing for the Eastern Cape franchise.
Williams has a best bowling analysis of seven wickets for 60 runs.
Contracted players in the group that were part of the SWD structure are Phabhama Fojela, Waldo Lategan, Brendon Louw, Ross McMillan and Pieter Stuurman, while players Christo van Schalkwyk and Douglas Baartman are on special contracts.
Other players in the training squad are Justin Jordaan, Kobus Scholtz, Lyndon Volkwyn, Marcello Piedt, Rian Botha, Wessel Hartslief, Glenton Stuurman, Bronwill Goeda and Rhupino Plaatjies.