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Andre to return
Andre Seymore will return to Accrington as professional in 2003. The South African opener will be the first man since Robert Haynes in 1989-90 to come back for two successive seasons. Nathan Astle had two seasons at Accrington in recent times but they were punctuated by a gap of three seasons.
Seymore enjoyed a good season, becoming the eighth player to score 1,000 runs in a season for the club. He hit 11 fifties and two unbeaten centuries as he just failed to pass Ken Archer's total set in 1954. Seymore finished with 1115 runs, which was just 15 short of making him the highest scoring batsman in the league - some achievement for a player who was drafted in as a last minute replacement for original choice Ashwell Prince who had to withdraw with a shoulder injury.
Accrington Chairman Peter Barratt is delighted that Seymore has agreed to return: "We are hoping that Andre will carry on the good work that he began last season with the bat. He has been working on his bowling back home with his coach so we are hoping that he will do more bowling next season. He is a very dedicated professional and he is very keen to come back and help the club progress further."
Seymore's good form has continued back home in South Africa this winter. He recently hit 147 for his state Easterns who won its first major cricket title to become the 2002/03 SuperSport Series champions, by beating the star studded Western Province by 273 runs in Benoni.
This week in the third round of Standard Bank matches Seymore and Rawtenstall professional Andrew Hall both hit centuries in Easterns 45 run win over Griqualand West at Willowmoore Park in Benoni. The two players put on an opening stand of 231 with Seymore reaching his ton first with twelve boundaries off 126 balls before being bowled by Johann Louw for exactly 100, his second One Day century.