EXCITING West Indian player Nekoli Parris has been snapped up by Chorley Cricket Club to replace departed professional Wihan Lubbe.

Lubbe left the club this week to return to his native South Africa where he has signed a professional contract Highveld Lions will link up with the squad for pre-season training.

The club have moved quickly to sign up a substitute, with Parris agreeing to join Chorley for the remainder of the season.

The 29-year-old hails from Barbados and is an attacking right-handed batsman who also bowls right arm off breaks.

"I'm looking forward to the new challenge at Chorley Cricket Club,” said Parris, who has played 27 first class games in the Caribbean, during which he made one century and six half-centuries.

"I've seen it's a very good club in a top league. I'm really looking forward to the increased competition and tougher cricket.

"I can't wait to get out on the pitch and start performing. Hopefully, a little West Indian flavour can carry the guys to the top of the league.

"I also want to pass on my knowledge to the juniors in the club as well as my team-mates.

"I can't wait to get going but most importantly, I'd like to see improved players at the end of the season."

Parris has experience in English conditions, having played for Bury CC in 2014 and Little Hulton in 2015.

“We’re delighted Nekoli is joining us and we hope he will be an able replacement for Wihan Lubbe who we would like to thank for his efforts during his time at Windsor Park,” said Chorley CC chairman Peter Mockett.

First team skipper Ian Dickinson said: “We can’t wait for Nekoli to join us.

“We are in a healthy third place at the moment and we hope he can help us push on and improve still further in the rest of the campaign.”

Parris has only this week had his visa application approved and will not arrive in time to play in this weekend’s home double header which sees Chorley host Darwen tomorrow in a league game then Preston in the Readers Cup on Sunday.

However, he is expected to make his debut in next week’s league clash away to champions Morecambe.