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Updated: Friday, April 11, 2014 23:53
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LEAGUE CREST BRICE INJURY BLOW FOR WOODLANDS
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Left arm spinner Chris Brice will be sorely missed by Woodlands as they continue their bid for the league title
Picture: © Mike Baker JCT600 Bradford League

Woodlands have received the news they were fearing that their key all-rounder Chris Brice will have to undergo surgery on his arm injury and could miss the rest of the season.

A scan has confirmed that Brice has ruptured a tendon in his arm and he faces and operation next week to repair the damage,

Brice suffered the injury batting in Woodlands' Black Sheep Champions Trophy win over the holder Whitley Hall two weeks ago - just 24 hours after he captured his 500th Bradford League wicket in his side's victory at Morley.

Woodlands secretary Brian Pearson said: "The recovery time is eight to ten weeks so it is a big setback. Knowing Bricey he will be pushing to try and get back for the final games of the season but we will have to wait an see."

To cover for the loss of Brice, Woodlands have signed 15-year-old left-arm spinner Ben Twohig from Birstall. Twohig is on a cricket scholarship at Malvern School and plays representative cricket in Worcestershire.

Pearson added: "We wanted to restore the balance to the side that a left-arm spinner gives us and we are glad to have signed Ben."

Woodlands have also decided to promote batsman Cieran Garner to their first team for the rest of the season. Garner has been a consistent scorer for the second team.

Garner was expected to open the batting in today's game with Pudsey St Lawrence as Scott Richardson will miss the match as his wife gave birth at 3am this morning.

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