Penkridge is delighted to announce the signing of South African star, Mark Pearse, for their 2024 South Staffs League campaign.

Pearse is quite the prospect who made an immediate impression in South African first-class cricket last summer (2022/23).

On debut for Easterns, in the CSA 4-Day Series against KwaZulu-Natal Inland, the opening batter struck a brilliant century. Chasing 327 to win, Pearse blasted his side to victory hitting 115 from 105 balls against an attack featuring the likes of Keith Dudgeon, Stefan Tait, Tiaan Koekemoer, Malcolm Nofal, and Mark Erlank.

Pearse went on to register another destructive century (116) and finished the first-class campaign with 352 runs at 39.11 in his 5 matches, all with a strike rate of 107.31.

The youngsters professional selection was well deserved having represented the Province through the age groups, and excelling for Christian Brothers College Old Boys (CBCOB) in the Easterns Premier League.

He has also been impressive abroad, having spent the past two seasons (2022-3) racking up runs aplenty, plus his fair share of wickets (1,528 runs at 37.27 and 43 wickets at 26.72) for Pelsall in the South Staffordshire County League (Premier Division).

The new South African star is now set on a South Staffs return having signed for rivals Penkridge for their 2024 season.