• Kyle Walsh

Preston Sign A Helping Hand

Cramer Street will play host to a second Irish talent in the 2018/19 season after signing Somerset and Gloucestershire medium fast bowler Fionn Hand.

Fionn hails from north Dublin and grew up playing his cricket for North County CC.

He made the move to England in 2016 to complete his education at Queen’s College, Taunton where he plied his trade amongst the ranks of Somerset and Gloucestershire.

In 2018, Fionn made his List A and T20 debut for Leinster Lightning in Irish state cricket and has since moved on to represent the Ireland Wolves, the Irish national A squad.

Putting pen to paper on the new contract had both senior coach Alex Lewis and President Stephen Wilson very excited.

“We’re really excited to open up a new Irish connection," said Lewis.

"Having a player of his caliber join the club will hopefully be the beginning of a strong relationship with some fantastic Irish cricketers.”

Wilson echoed this excitement, speaking in anticipation about seeing the Irishman walking out on Preston City Oval, “It’s indicative of the work we’ve put in over the last few years, being able to attract players like Eoghan Delaney and now Fionn.

"We’re headed in a really positive direction as a club and we hope we can bring some strong results back to PCO during the 18/19 season."

Preston head to Bendigo this weekend for two practice matches, with the clubs talented youth pushing to play alongside the new imported talent.

Daniel Gregory and Tom Downes will be looking to push for First XI spots after impressing throughout pre-season, while first year players Cayden Turner, Noah Willis and Swapnil Challa will play their first games in Preston colours.

Image by Rodney Smythe/Cricket Europe

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