Experience is key for old heads Farley Hill CCBy Adam Lee
May 02, 2012
Farley Hill will be hoping that experience pays dividends for them when they get their Division 1 campaign underway at Woodley on Saturday.
With an average age of 40-plus years, the village side boast perhaps the oldest team in the league.
But what Farley Hill lack in youthful exuberance, they more than make up for in nouse and experience – the complete opposite of a Woodley team brimming with young players.
But after seeing his team stave off relegation at the death for the second sucessive season, captain Ross Ditchburn wants them to hit the ground running this time, even if they have had a distinct lack of pre-season preparation due to the inclement weather.
“We staved off relegation on the last day of the season for the past two years, but I do believe we are better than that,” said skipper Ditchburn, who was Farley Hill’s top run scorer last season, totalling 589 at an average of 39.27.
“We should be finishing mid-table, but we just didn’t perform last season, even though we managed to get a bit more consistency with our team selection.
“We just have to try and not leave it so late this season.
“We want to enjoy ourselves and play competitive cricket, but I think Division 1 is our level.”
Farley Hill have been hit with some devastating news prior to the league season after Berkshire Cricket League legend Trevor Clacey was ruled out for the summer with a hip injury.
Clacey is the all-time fourth leading run scorer in the league, with 10,090 runs to his name and was also Farley Hill’s second highest wicket taker last year, claiming 23 wickets for an average 19.74.