DENTON West are on the lookout for a new pro after Somila Seyibokwe decided to retire and return to his native South Africa.
The club was left cursing after missing out on promotion to the Greater Manchester Cricket League’s premier division by just one point.
A win for Max Cole’s side at Austerlands, despite being bowled out for just 90, was not enough to overhaul Glodwick, Moorside and Flowery Field.
Now Seyibokwe, who averaged 35 with the bat and took a total of 41 wickets over the course of the season, has opted to retire and head home.
The 31-year-old said: “Denton West was great. The people there became a real family for me over the last few years and it will always be a special club.
“Big thanks to John Barnett for being my personal taxi driving me to and from training and games.
“But as far as 2020 goes I’ll be staying at home concentrating on other business opportunities after retiring from professional cricket.”
Losing the penultimate game of the season to Glodwick proved pivotal to West’s fate in division 1A.
But a club spokesman said: “Max and the lads can be very proud of their efforts this season and I’m sure they will be up for the fight once again next year.”
West’s second team ended its season with four straight wins to finish comfortably mid-table in GMCL division 2B in what was described as a ‘tough’ competition.
However, the third XI brought some glory to Windsor Road by winning the GMCL’s Sunday Division A by seven points, beating Denton St Lawrence’s thirds by seven points after winning nine of their 12 matches.
And the West spokesman added: “Well done to all the lads who have played and contributed this season. A huge commitment by them and of course all the volunteers for making everything possible.”
Away from the crease, the club raised almost £900 for Macmillan Cancer Support by hosting one of its World’s Biggest Coffee Mornings.
In total it raised £896.10 on Sunday, September 15 at the event, which was followed by a charity match between Jacko’s West Stalwarts and Syd’s All-Star XI.