Cricket: Jones set for one last appearance in the Potteries
LEEK seamer Steffan Jones could be making his last appearance in these parts when he lines up for Dorset in tomorrow's Knockout Trophy match against Staffordshire.
The 38-year-old has revealed his intention to end his association with North Staffs and South Cheshire Premier Division Leek because of work and travelling commitments.
Jones, who lives in Somerset, called time on his first-class career with Derbyshire last season to take up a teaching post at Wellington School near his home.
However, he signed up for another campaign with Leek after helping them finish runners-up last year.
Business Cards From Only £10.95 Delivered www.myprint-247.co.ukView details
Our heavyweight cards have FREE UV silk coating, FREE next day delivery & VAT included. Choose from 1000's of pre-designed templates or upload your own artwork. Orders dispatched within 24hrs.
Terms: Visit our site for more products: Business Cards, Compliment Slips, Letterheads, Leaflets, Postcards, Posters & much more. All items are free next day delivery. www.myprint-247.co.uk
Contact: 01858 468192
Valid until: Sunday, May 26 2013
But he says today's match against Checkley is likely to be his final appearance for the Moorlanders.
"It is just not practical for me to come up and play anymore, especially with working all week," he said.
"I am on the road late on Saturday nights, which is tough, but it is shame because Leek is a lovely club. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time there.
"I love playing at club level and mixing with the supporters. Unfortunately, it is just not right for me at this stage of my career."
Jones, though, has been recruited for Dorset's one-day campaign this season after impressing in a previous stint with the county.
He took 13 wickets in two Western Division matches in 2009 after making a temporary move from Somerset to gain match sharpness.
"I've always had close links with Dorset and I've agreed to play in the Knockout Trophy," he explained.
"Hopefully, I can play my part in them being successful.
"We've got a decent side, but it is an ageing one and I'm sure there will be a few changes for next season. We just want to make the most of this opportunity."
Jones will also come face-to-face with his Leek skipper Greg Willott, who will form part of the Staffordshire attack.
"It's going to be funny playing against Greg and a lot of the lads you play against on a Saturday," added Jones.
"It will be a nice battle and it will be strange coming up here to play cricket with the posh boys from the south!"
Exeter's Aaron Williams captains Dorset tomorrow in the absence of Tom Hicks, who is unavailable because of work commitments.
They include highly-rated 21-year-old Somerset batsman Josh Lawrence in their travelling party.
Dorset's first game the competition against Buckinghamshire last weekend was abandoned because of rain.