Birch Blow For Champs Clifton
Premier League champions Clifton Village suffered a blow with the news that top batsman Dan Birch has left the club.
The hard-hitting former Derbyshire opener, son of former Notts star John, has decided to play closer to home, with Kimberley.
"It's a blow, but we will survive," said cricket manager Andy Walters. "He actually re-signed for us in August. Then, all of a sudden he decided he was going to go to Kimberley.
"But there are no hard feelings. We wish him all the best, as we did with his father when he left us.
"Dan only scored 500 runs last season, but he is the type that always gives 100 per cent. He never let us down in any way shape or form.
"We are talking to a few people as a replacement but, maybe, we will go with what we have got next season."
Walters denies rumours that he will be standing down next season.
"I'll still be pottering around," he said.
"We will be trying to win the title again, but we have got a long way to go to beat Cav's record of five on the trot. I don't think that will ever be beaten.
"The league is just too competitive these days."
Walters also poured cold water on rumours that Cav's could sign former Test star Shoaib Akhtar next season.
"I can't see it happening," he said. "He's had a lot of injuries. What has he got to offer these days?"
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