Crown Wood CC can challenge for the titleBy Adam Lee
May 02, 2012
Newly-promoted Crown Wood are aiming high again this season, as captain Thamindu Weditlake insists that the Berkshire Cricket League title is not out of reach for his team.
After suffering relegation from the top flight in 2010, Crown Wood returned at the first time of asking having used their season in Division 1 to stabalise and bring in some new faces.
And should the St Sebastian’s team get off to a good start in their Premier Division campaign, beginning this Saturday at home to Mortimer West End, then Weditlake believes the sky is the limit.
“I want to finish as high as possible and I always believe we have a chance of the title,” he said.
“We just have to see how the first month goes because the first four games will be a good reflection of how we will get on.
“A good start is key and if we can get a consistent team out every week then I will be surprised if we aren’t pushing for the top places.
“We’re pretty confident and we have some very talented players.”
Weditlake maintains that the league table doesn’t lie, and said that although Crown Wood deserved their relegation two years ago, it gave the club a good opportunity to rebuild.
Former colts Ashley Fowles, Jack Green, Dan Carteledge and Charlie Johnson were all given first-team opportunities last year, and the quartet are once again expected to make an impact in a team that has remained largely untouched since 2011.
Left-arm fast bowler Fowles returned magnificent figures last year, taking 20 wickets for an average of just 11.45 runs.
Leading the batting line-up will once again be Ravi Godbole, who averaged 43.89 in 12 innings last season, and Waqas Satti, who averaged 40 in eight appearances.
The only notable additions have been two all-rounders, including Yasser Abbass, and the skipper believes the team ethic that saw them to promotion last year could prove valuable yet again.
“Last year we had 12 match winners, but I think the big players for us will be Satti and Ashley (Fowles) – these guys can really make a difference for us,” said Weditlake.
“But as a team we have players who can make an impact at different times in games.”
Unlike in recent seasons, Crown Wood can boast a near full-strength side for their season curtain raiser, with only new-signing Abbass unavailable.