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van der Walt stays at the Rookery
Friday 12th November 2010

Southport Trinity skipper Wim van der Walt has decided to remain at the club for another season.

The prolific number three batsman, who scored 668 league runs in 2010, had been linked with a move to either Hightown or Southport and Birkdale. However, he put an end to the speculation this week by announcing he would be staying at the Rookery.

With all the uncertainty behind him, Van der Walt is now looking forward to leading Trinity's bid to improve on the eighth place they achieved in the Second Division in a season which ended in September.

"The situation's caused me sleepless nights," he admitted. "Recreational cricket is supposed to be fun, but I take it seriously and it was flattering to be in demand. I was tempted to go to Hightown and see if I could hack it in the Premier League but I'd have been leaving Trinity in order to satisfy my personal ambition. It was a battle between ambition and loyalty and ultimately I reckon I've put in too much work at Trinity to leave now when the job is still unfinished."

The South African born player's attention will now shift to building up Trinity's playing strength in readiness for the 2011 season and he believes he can approach that task secure in the knowledge that the atmosphere at the Rookery will encourage potential recruits.

He said: "The whole club is pulling together and we seem to be getting somewhere. Tony Campbell has been at the club 25 years and he tells me that the spiritís as good as it's ever been. The first thing to sort out is whether our Australian seam bowler Ben Jackson will be coming back next year. He's not a paid professional and Trinity would welcome him back. If he's not returning, we may try and get someone else from the Bayswater club in Melbourne. However, Paul Dwerryhouse, who joined us from Whitefield, has said he's staying, but we also need to get another strike bowler and I have a couple of possible recruits in mind."