The cricket season has started and our first game v Glamorgan was rain affected, where have I heard that before ? and we now all look forward to our first home game on 17th April, lots of work has been undertaken throughout the winter months at the ground these include the refurbishment of:
- The Players Dining room with an outdoor patio area.
- The Millburn Bar.
- The Press Box
- The Bowls Bar.
- Corporate Boxes & Bar Box.
- New Carpeting in Members Long Room.
- New Out Door Seating in Executive Members Upper Spencer Pavilion
- New Out Door Seating in the lower Spencer Pavilion.
- New Out Door Seating in Board Viewing Area.
- New Outdoor Grass Net Practice Area.
- New Carpeting through club Administration offices / players dressing rooms / Elite Cricket Coaching offices.
- New Sight Screens at Pavilion End.
- External Painting of the Indoor School.
- Customer Centric Ground Signage package. Late April / Early May.
- New Club Web Site
Our main aim for the season is to regain competitiveness in all three competitions. We have recruited a number of players to assist us with that goal, both Steven Crook and Matt Spriegel will bring excellent white ball skills to our squad as well as both being very good four day players. The squad is shaping up well with healthy competition for the top five batting slots between, Peters. Spriegel. Sales. Wakely. Newton and Coetzer. Having all- rounder’s in Hall. Willey. Crook. Middlebrook. Murphy and De-Lange gives us the opportunity for a good balance and batting in depth. Our seam bowling with Copeland. Willey. Crook. Evans. Stone. Hall. Daggett & Azzharulla gives us a depth in front line bowlers to choose from and offers us some decent cover for potential injury and player rotation to manage work load. We also have good spin bowling options with Middlebrook. De-Lange and Spriegel. This is a good squad and there is no reason at all that we cannot compete very strongly in the County Championship.
Trent Copeland has joined us as our overseas player for the four day season prior to the t20 campaign playing Seven Four Day County Championship Games & Six Forty Over Games. his final match is the four day game against Worcestershire on Saturday 8th June. He will be a very good asset to the club, he is a very accurate opening bowler who has an excellent record of bowling a lot of overs, creating pressure on batsman through his control. He has played three Test Matches for Australia and recently scored his first Sheffield Shield hundred batting seven for New South Wales. He joins us on the back of an excellent Sheffield Season with New South Wales.
Cameron White will return as our t20 overseas player later this summer. It is the intention that Cameron will bat in the top three and be given more overs to shape the innings. Cameron scored 80 in the Big Bash semi-final for Victoria opening the batting. Giving him more time to bat should also allow other players to bat round him. Matt Spriegel has an excellent record as a finisher in this form of the game and hopefully this will allow Cameron to make a big impact during the campaign through taking a measured approach.
It was a big boost for everyone at the club that Earl Spencer visited us on Press Day two weeks ago, he certainly knows a lot about cricket and our club. Although I recognise he is busy, we have encouraged him to come to the ground whenever he can this summer.