Burwell eyeing an improved 2017 campaign

FAMILIAR FACE: Peter Richer will be available for Burwell from June
FAMILIAR FACE: Peter Richer will be available for Burwell from June

With their opening Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier Cricket League encounter of 2017 at Sudbury just over eight weeks away, Burwell’s preparations are rapidly accelerating, writes Liam Apicella.

The Cambridgeshire side’s ranks have been boosted by the return of batsman Paul Summerskill and the arrival of Wisbech’s Sam Rippington, who opens the bowling for Cambridgeshire.

The Sydney-based duo of Tom Jagot and Ayden Brown, both of whom have represented New South Wales at Under-19 level, have also agreed contracts at Mingay Park.

The desire to promote from within also burns brightly, with new chairman Wayne Hardy hopeful that it will all blend together, resulting in an improvement on last season’s seventh-placed finish.

“We are still looking for one more player, but we are delighted with the squad we are building,” said Hardy.

“Historically we have been reliant on university lads, but they do not come back until June or July, which means we tend to struggle early on.

“This year we hope to be stronger from day one, which should boost our chances of having a good season with the uni lads blending in later on.

“We are aiming to have the right balance, but it will still be a predominantly young squad.

“The connection between the youth set-up and seniors is strong and that will continue.

“We have some good youngsters coming through and many of them will be playing second-team games.”

Hardy also confirmed that Joe Tetley will captain the team this term, while opening batsman Peter Richer will be available from June onwards, due to work commitments.

Prior to that, Burwell will warm-up for the new campaign with a friendly away at neighbouring Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Division One outfit Worlington on Saturday, April 15.

That is followed on Easter Monday (April 17) by a home outing versus Waresley.

n Off the pitch, the club has a host of sponsorship opportunities as they seek funding for team shirts and pavilion improvements.

For more information, contact Hardy on chairman@burwellcricketclub.co.uk or ring 07803 214185.