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Friday, 18 April 2014

Wood hopes to be pacesetter for Tynedale

DURHAM County’s pace bowler Mark Wood is aiming to help Tynedale speed up the Wellstream Northumberland and Tyneside Senior League.

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Mark Wood will be available for around half of Tynedale’s league games.

The 23-year-old has joined best friend Tom Cant at Priors Flat as the club’s 2013 match professional as they strive to improve on last year’s fourth place finish.

He is the latest addition for Tynedale who announced the capture of Ben Maxted and Jack Palmer, from Morpeth, and Connor Fellowes, from Greenside.

Ashington-born Wood replaces Kiwi Ross Laidlaw as pro, and was tempted to the club to play alongside skipper Cant. The two played alongside each other for Northumberland juniors from U9 right the way up to U17, and have remained the best of friends since.

In a televised game for Durham, Wood was clocked bowling at 90.1mph, faster than that of England’s Jade Dernbach who was playing in the same game, and his speed will be a huge boost to Tyne’s bowling order.

Unsurprisingly, he will open the bowling for Tyne and slot into number four in the batting order.

Wood is currently in Australia for the winter but, on his return, he will be heading for the Tyne Valley club as he turned down the chance to stay in the North East Premier League with Tynemouth.

He said: “I am delighted to sign for Tynedale and I’m looking forward to playing with Canty again.

“I know most of the Tynedale lads and I can’t wait for Richard Darling to teach me his slower ball.

“Hopefully, when available, I can help the team to finish in the top three and challenge Swalwell.”

With his other commitments, it is expected that Wood will be only be available for half of Tynedale’s league games and a handful of their Friday night cup games.

Yet the club are hoping that the signing will encourage more people to come and watch the team, particularly some of the 150 junior members the club now have.

Skipper Cant, who is also the junior coordinator at the club, said: “This is a massive signing, both on and off the field. Woody will be a massive bonus to have on the pitch for his all-round skill level and experience, but he will also help the club off the pitch.

“Hopefully, it will attract new sponsors to get involved with the club and a Durham player.

“Most importantly, it might encourage more people to come down and watch, especially the juniors who can learn and watch a fast bowler charging in like the old days of Courtney Walsh and Ian Bishop.

“We will be looking to get Woody down to as many junior training sessions as possible and working with the crop of young, fast bowlers we have.”

Anyone wishing to contact Tynedale Cricket Club can do so via www.tynedalecricketclub.co.uk

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