Elworth have switched overseas players for this summer’s North Staffs and South Cheshire League campaign.
The Division One club had signed South African Dane Paterson to fill the role to replace the long-serving Yasir Ali.
However, Elworth have now confirmed that Paterson will not be joining them due to ‘unforeseen circumstances’.
They have been quick to find a replacement, though, with Paterson’s countryman Lizaad Williams jetting in to Cheshire.
Williams, aged, 26 is a right-arm seamer who generates good pace and is a useful left-handed batsman.
He has made 57 first-class appearances for Boland and the Cape Cobras franchise, picking up 169 wickets along the way.
His best return is 7-75, while he showed his batting prowess with a career-high 83 not out for Cobras against Warriors in last month’s four-day encounter in East London.
Williams, a former South Africa Under-19 international, has also featured in 47 List A and 34 Twenty20 matches.
Elworth tweeted: “Due to unforeseen circumstances Dane Paterson has been released from his contract with Elworth Cricket Club.
“In his place we are pleased to welcome Lizaad Williams as our club professional for the 2020 season.
“Lizaad Williams is a 26-year-old fast bowling all-rounder from South Africa, clocking in consistently around 85mph.
“A left handed batsman, with a recent 83 not out against Warriors. Currently vice-captain of Cape Cobras. This will be a first visit to play club cricket in the UK.”
Paterson’s spell with Elworth had been thrown in to doubt after he was handed his Test debut in the recent series against England.
The right-arm Cape Cobras quick made his bow in the third Test defeat at Port Elizabeth, with his solitary wicket in the contest being that of Ben Stokes. He also made 39 not out in South Africa’s second innings.
He kept his place for the fourth and final Test in Johannesburg, taking three wickets.
Paterson is likely to be involved in South Africa’s tour to the West Indies in July and August after impressing new head coach Mark Boucher.
The Proteas have two Tests on the tour – in Trinidad and St Lucia – as well as five T20 matches.
Elworth missed out on reclaiming their Premier Division spot at the first attempt in 2019, eventually finishing in third place.
But they will be one of the favourites to be in the promotion mix this summer.
Elworth start their season with a trip to Sandyford – who will have Yasir Ali in their ranks – on Saturday, April 18.
Ali played 293 matches for the club and scored 6,149 runs and took 726 wickets with his pace bowling after initially joining them in 2008.
The 34-year-old became the club’s permanent overseas professional in 2010.
His best wicket haul came in 2017 when he picked up 80 victims and he regularly played key innings in Elworth’s middle order.