ACCRINGTON Cricket Club have confirmed the signing of Indian all-rounder Nishit Shetty as their new professional.
The 32-year-old replaces New Zealander Tama Canning as paid-man at Thorneyholme Road.
Shetty, who plays his first-class cricket for Mumbai, arrives after two successful summers in the Bolton League .
The left-arm spinner and left-handed top-order batsman passed 1,000 runs and 50 wickets in each of his two seasons at Greenmount.
And Accrington club chairman Rod Kenyon believes the signing of Shetty, in tandem with the returning David Ormerod, bodes well for a better season for last summer's Lancashire League wooden spoonists.
"We watched him last year and were impressed with him," said Kenyon.
"We have gone for a bit of a change with a spinner after getting David from Bacup and will have a different attack.
"We can't wait to get started. The amateurs did well last season and if they continue I think we could be a surprise package."
Canning has been linked with a move to league rivals Haslingden, who are yet to confirm a new appointment.
Meanwhile, Accrington have been drawn away to Norden in the first-round of the Inter-League Trophy.
Church will entertain Milnrow, while Enfield host Royton and Rishton have been handed a home tie against Werneth.
First-round draw: Radcliffe v Haslingden; Rishton v Werneth; Rochdale v Todmorden; East Lancs v Walsden; Oldham v Burnley; Bacup v Crompton; Ashton v Rawtenstall; Enfield v Royton; Clifton v Lowerhouse; Church v Milnrow; Norden v Accrington; Nelson v Middleton; Monton and Weaste v Colne; Ramsbottom v Heywood.
Byes: Littleborough and Unsworth.
Matches to be played Saturday, May 13.