JAMES Kettleborough and Paul Bennett will make their bows for Heywood’s first team in two Crimble friendlies at the weekend (April 13 and 14).
Heywood take on a Lancashire Under-19s side on Saturday (12.30pm) and Middleton on Sunday (1pm), and local supporters will be keen for their first look at the two new men.
Kettleborough boasts an impressive CV having played for Northants and Glamorgan, and Heywood hope he will be able to add plenty of runs to their top order. He is also an off-spin bowler.
All-rounder Bennett , brother of Rob, has been playing for Astley and Tyldesley recently and before that for Middleton.
The games will feature the captaincy debut of Sean Burrill.
Meanwhile, it is expected that new professional Faisal Iqbal will arrive next week in time for the opening Greater Manchester League game of the season a week on Saturday (April 20) at Denton West.
HEYWOOD 1st X1 (v Lancs Under-19s, home, Saturday, 12.30pm): S Burrill (capt), R Cross, J Kettleborough, W Hunt, M Grogan, A Dawson, S Dawson, C Hilton, S Byrne, P Bennett, J Kaye. Meet 11.30am.
HEYWOOD 1st X1 (v Middleton, home, Sunday, 1pm): M Witts and L Clarkson replace S Byrne and J Kaye. Meet noon.
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