President predicts all-out attack as Crown Wood CC rediscover winning feelingBy Adam Lee
May 05, 2011
Crown Wood president and former captain John Cartledge is expecting the reign of new skipper Thamindu Wedatilake to bring an exciting brand of cricket to St Sebastian’s.
After two seasons struggling in the Berkshire Cricket League’s top tier, Crown Wood suffered relegation back down to Division 1.
And although Cartledge (pictured right) isn’t predicting miracles in what he expects to be a season of consolidation at the club, he thinks that Sri Lankan run machine Wedatilake won’t share that view.
Indeed, he believes the new captain will be going out for every game with nothing but victory on his mind.
“I think Tham will say that he’s confident of going up, but it won’t be easy,” said Cartledge.
“Last year we suffered terribly with availabilities and even lost our third team.
“We were competitive in games, but sometimes we just couldn’t get over the line. It is tough in the top division, though.
“Many of the clubs have lots of good players that they can call upon, whereas we really struggled with the depth of our squad.
“So personally I think consolidation will be good for the team and if we can do that and our second team survives in Division 3 then it will be a decent season for Crown Wood.
“But Tham wants to win every game he plays in and is a really competitve guy who hates losing.
“I had no problems handing him the captaincy over to him.
“He has been a mainstay in our first team and even took a few games last season.
“All the guys respect him and he’s going to be a very attacking captain – there won’t be many draws at Crown Wood this season.”
Club stalwarts Ravi Godbole and Rob Crook remain at the club for the summer, but Cartledge is hoping they will be complemented by the new breed of young players coming through.
In particular, the club president picked seamer Ashley Fowlef and 21-year-old batsman Daniel Cartledge as the former colts he would like to see make an impact in 2011.
They will be supported by a number of other ex-colts expected to feature in Raj Mannew’s second team, who will compete in Division 3.
And Cartledge believes the youthful side could well spring a few shocks this season.
“Raj Mannnew has got a very young squad to work with and hopefully there’s some real potential there,” he said.
“Sometimes when you chuck these youngsters in they can really surprise you.
“Some of the younger players at the squad have matured very nicely and I would have no problem putting them forward – that’s what Crown Wood is all about.”
Crown Wood kick off their league campaign away at Checkendon on Saturday