Optimism at Leamington Cricket Club as they get set for new season

Despite a second relegation for the First XI, Leamington go into the new season with great optimism.

Action...Morne Henneke of Brewood bowls to Rob Williams of Leamington 1sts who hits it for a four. (Picture: Andrew Carpenter/001616-14)

A number of players have left for ‘pastures new’, but new members have been attracted.

Leamington are hoping for strong performances from off-spinning all-rounder Mark Ashcroft, who joins from Leicestershire Premiership side Kegworth, and ex-Aston Manor youngster Nabeel Asghar. They are joined by Aussie Max Webber, playing in England for the first time.

The First team will be led once more by Rob Williams who will be able to call on Mark Lewis after a long spell on the sidelines with injury.

Wily all-rounder Jason Butler leads the Second XI as they look to build on last season’s strong performance in the Premier Division.

The third team make their debut in the Premier Division of the Cotswold Hills League, a tremendous challenge for Matt Dale and his side, bolstered by the returning Steve Dyer.

The fourth XI, now under the control of Yorkshire veteran Paul ‘Jocky’ Wilson, look to maintain their inexorable rise up the Cotswold Hills League divisions.

The club will once more rely on its tremendous pool of young talent, who will be an integral part of all four Saturday sides, as well as forming teams in age groups from under-8 to under-15.

Friday coaching starts on May 2 and now includes mini cricket for five-year-olds.

There is a small but growing girls squad for which limited places remain.

The club requires a first XI scorer for the season.

Reasonable expenses are available to the suitable applicant and a job share will be considered.

The club is holding its first open day on Friday April 25 from noon.

There will be cricket demonstrations, coaching and food and drink available.

Call 832892 or email [email protected]