County League: Australian all-rounder joins young Syston side for Premier campaign

Syston Town remain largely unchanged from their 2016 side. From left, back - Ketan Dudharejia, George Corbert, Charlie Taylor, Carl Fourie, Amer Mazir, Ram Ghuman; front - Jack Blackwell. Charlie Wootton, Umar Razaq, Ben Drake, Zahir Tahir EMN-170419-102105002
Syston Town remain largely unchanged from their 2016 side. From left, back - Ketan Dudharejia, George Corbert, Charlie Taylor, Carl Fourie, Amer Mazir, Ram Ghuman; front - Jack Blackwell. Charlie Wootton, Umar Razaq, Ben Drake, Zahir Tahir EMN-170419-102105002

Syston Town head into their 17th consecutive Premier Division season with their mind on being as competitive as ever.

Their young First XI have become a year older and wiser, with Umar Razaq remaining at the helm, while George Corbett is vice-captain, supported by the management team of Iain Fraser and Alan Beynon.

It’s a case of as you were in terms of playing personnel with very little change to the line-up aside from the departure of the experienced Carel Fourie to Melton.

Young Australian all-rounder Perry Hill joins the Potter’s Lane side from Victoria, while Ben Raine and Richard Jones are Syston’s Leicestershire CCC allocated players.

There’s a change at second team level with a new captain in Dharmist Bathia, while Chris Pole is vice-captain.

New faces include Leyton Neal, from Kegworth, and Joe Dyer from local rivals Barkby as they face another season in Division Three.

Ivan Spibey remains captain of the Third XI.