Crowthorne CC looking to hit the ground runningBy Adam Lee
May 03, 2012
Crowthorne need a strong start in Division 2 if they are to put aside the disappointment of last season, according to captain Mark Knight.
Despite their high hopes going into the 2011 campaign, it took until June 25 for Crows to earn their first win last year, and by that time any hopes of challenging the top sides were dead and buried.
But with a few new faces in the line-up, skipper Knight is confident that 2012 can be Crowthorne’s year – just as long as they hit the ground running.
“We didn’t register a win until late June last year and we are definitely looking for a better start this time,” he said.
“We need to start well and then hopefully we can push the teams at the top a little closer.
“We’d love to be up there come the end of the season, and as long as we get a strong start then mid-table to top would certainly be good for us.
“Towards the end of the season it was positive and we had a couple of good wins and if we can start the way we finished then we should be up there.
“There is a buzz around the club at the moment and people are realising that the standard is getting better and we just hope that comes to fruition when we get out in the field.
“Availability is usually the issue as we are a fairly small club with only one Saturday team.”
Crows have had only a handful of indoor nets sessions in the run up to the season, and although their season doesn’t officially start uintil next Saturday, they were hoping to get in a friendly game.
However, with the wet weather threatening to curtail most of the opening weekend, it looks like they will have to go into the new season cold as well.
However, with the likes of striker bowler Ross Chalmers and left arm bowler Dan Partridge leading the attack, and with the Northall brothers, Peter and Steve, as well as Richard Barron hoping to cause damage with the bat, Crows have plenty of experience in their side.
They have also added some new faces in the form of the Cluetts, Anthony, Jeff (both all-rounders) and Mike (left arm bowler), who will be looking to make an impact.
And with a full strength side to choose from for their season opener with Mortimer West End 2nd next week, then the good start they desire could well be on the cards.