BOURNEMOUTH will have a new-look Rob Pack spearheading their spin attack when they open their Southern Premier League campaign against St Cross on Saturday.

The left-arm spinner has lost a staggering five stone and more in weight since he last played for Lions 15 months ago.

“I was tipping the scales at 22 stone 13 pounds last summer, but am now down to 17-and-a-half,” he said. “I can’t wait to bowl on Saturday.”

Pack’s amazing weight loss is down to sheer hard work, with stacks of gym work and road running over the past 18 months or so, writes Mike Vimpany.

“A lot of in between snacking and eating large portioned meals was the main reason why I was overweight and then, when I turned 18 years of age, I started drinking cider, which is high in calories,” he explained.

“Training to be a chef probably didn’t help either, but I’ve always been very active, playing cricket, football and rugby so it wasn’t down to a lack of exercise. It was all to do with a bad diet.”

But all that is in the past for the talented left-armer, who has taken around 140 first team wickets for Bournemouth in the past five seasons.

His 37 victims in 2018 helped the Lions lift the Southern Premier League Division One title.

“I started the gym slowly at first doing an hour’s workout three times a week but after two months had lost a stone and felt so good, I just wanted to keep going. I soon became a gym junkie,” he laughed.

“After six months I was going to gym five times a week – and dieting, which is the hardest thing to do.

“The only downside is that I’ve had to buy a new clothing wardrobe.”