Champs snap up Friend of a Friend
by Nigel Stockley - March 15th

Player:Q Friend

Lancashire League champions East Lancs have signed 22 year-old Western Province fast medium bowler Quinton Friend as a replacement for Johann Louw who his joining Northants.


East Lancs chairman Larry Pearson said: "It is at present unclear when he will be available to play for the club due to the 20/20 competition in South Africa, but we are hoping for clarification within the next few days. An amicable financial settlement was reached between the club and Northants which allowed us to sign Quinton fairly quickly."


Friend has taken 33 wickets at a cost of 30.4 runs each since making his First-class debut in 2002-3. He is also a right handed lower order batsman with the highly respectable average of 43.7 from 9 innings, just 3 of which were completed with a highest score of 36 not out.


He was recommended to the club by former East Lancs professional Alan Dawson who plays in the same side as Friend. In his last First-class game he took 5-34 against Griqualand West in a SuperSport Series 2003/04 Super Six match.


East Lancs will play three pre-season friendlies next month ahead of their Colne Cup match with Rawtenstall and the defence of their league title the following day which begins at Lowerhouse. On Sunday April 4th, they take on Northern Premier League champions Darwen at Alexandra Meadows with away games at Morecambe and Blackpool the following weekend.



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