Baxter makes switch to Philadelphia

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PHILADELPHIA have made their fourth close-season signing with David Baxter making the move from Burnopfield, where has played most of his career.

An all-rounder, he has been a prolific scorer in the Northumberland and Tyneside Senior League, averaging a half-century every fourth innings. He has also enjoyed considerable success as an opening bowler.

“I was looking for a new challenge and when I heard that three other players had signed from the N&T League I wanted to join them.

“I was sold on the club when I met the officials, who are ambitious to move the club forward.

“Their facilities are excellent with new all-weather practice facilities (which cost £58,000). This indicates to me that Phili is a club looking towards the future and I want to be part of it,” enthused Baxter.

Recently, brothers Gary and Lee Innes, who are both all-rounders, and wicket-keeper/opening batsman Anthony Hornby, signed for the Bunker Hill side which next season will compete in the newly-launched Durham League.

Chairman Malcolm Pratt said: “When four players want to join you from another league it says something about your club. We told them we are looking to be really competitive again after some seasons in the doldrums. I think they liked what we had to say.”

Phili hold their annual meeting in the clubhouse on Thursday, January 9 at 7pm when Pratt will report on a very successful trading year. Not only has the club greatly reduced its loan to the bank but it has also made a substantial profit on its revenue account.