Three is the magic number for South Caufield Cricket Club as CricX can confirm the Southern Bayside team’s signings of Luke Maslen, James Boyle and Conway Gilbert ahead of their 2023/24 campaign.

Firstly, a current member of the Exeter University High-Performance 1st XI, Luke is a classical batsman who has a fantastic record in club cricket across recent years. The talented youngster plays his club cricket for Oxford Downs and racked up 543 runs across 16 innings in 2022, averaging 36.20 including four half-centuries.

Furthermore, Maslen added a Minor Counties hundred to his record in 2022, the right hander played two NCCA Championship games for Oxfordshire CCC and scored 108 not out against Herefordshire to lead his side to victory.

Next up, James is a right handed top/middle order batsman and a right arm medium fast bowler. He is a flamboyant batsman who likes to score quickly and not afraid to play his own attacking way. However his bowling is the opposite, he is a patient bowler who tests the patience of the batsman with the ability to swing the ball both ways.

Playing school boy cricket James excelled where he was a key member of the 1st XI for Cheltenham College for 2 years (3rd year didn’t happen due to COVID). James scored 637 runs at an average of 40 including 3 hundreds as well as taking 13 wickets throughout the season which got him called up to the Gloucestershire U17s and a couple of academy games.

After a successful winter programme and early summer form James was asked to represent Somerset 2nd XI in a pre season friendly against Cornwall. However, James didn’t get called up to play again until the September fixtures where he was unfortunately not available to play.

Last but not least, Gilbert is a former Somerset age group player and was part of the Academy pathway at the County for 3 years. Currently finishing his studies at Exeter University, before he begins his summer playing for Taunton Deane Cricket Club in the West of England Premier League. Gilbert is widely regarded as one of the quickest bowlers outside of Professional Cricket, and has been clocked at 88mph.

The quick was part of Somerset’s 1st XI squad 3 years ago, and was due to travel with them on their Pre season tour to Abu Dhabi before COVID stopped the trip. Outside of his club commitments Gilbert has also represented Cornwall at Minor County Level, and in recent years has aspirations to play more regularly for them after completion of his exams.

The CricX team wish Luke, James, Conway and all at South Caufield Cricket Club the best of luck for their upcoming season.