Slow bowler Simon Collins joins champions Jer Lane

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Slow bowler Collins joins champions Jer Lane Slow bowler Collins joins champions Jer Lane

Foster’s Halifax League champions and Parish Cup winners Jer Lane have made a second big signing.

Left-arm slow bowler Simon Collins, who won the league’s bowling averages last season by a country mile, is joining the Bradford club from Bradshaw.

It comes hard on the heels of the capture of 2013 Clayton skipper and front-line bowler Sam Wilson.

It is also a second major blow for Bradshaw following the loss of key batsman Wayne Cotton to Thornton.

Collins, who was in Bradshaw’s Parish Cup-winning team as a 16-year-old in 1991, took 87 league wickets last season at a miserly average of 11.83.

As well as helping Bradshaw to three title wins, Cotton and Collins have been key men in their successful relegation fights in the Premier Division.

Like Cotton, Collins said that he was leaving in an attempt to win more trophies late in his career but Bradshaw was still dear to his heart.

He said: “It was a tough decision because Bradshaw is my club. But I am in the twilight of my career with perhaps a couple of good years left in me to challenge for silverware.”

Collins knows Mick Hustler and, after a phone call from the Jer Lane skipper, he had made up his mind over Christmas to move.

Collins is also a useful batsman but his effectiveness has been compromised by bowling a huge number of overs.

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