New Burwell Cricket Club captain Peter Richer believes an influx of exciting new signings can help him lead them to a top-half finish in the East Anglian Premier League this season.
The Cambridgeshire side finished second bottom last season, but the player who is set to commit his first full season to the club in four years following graduating from university, is ruling out a repeat performance with a new-look squad.
“Last year was quite a tough season but at the same time it was the same for a lot of others,” he said.
“Having no relegation (after Clacton’s withdrawal) meant that if teams found themselves in the bottom half after the first six or seven games they were not in the running (for anything) and fell off.
“This winter we have made quite a few new signings and we are quite excited.”
Having not run with an overseas professional in 2014, South African first-class all-rounder Graham Hume is set to play a big role at the club.
With Paul Summerskill having gone to play over in Hertfordshire, youngster Alex Scully, from Cambridge N.C.I, will keep wicket, while Alex Sears (Camden) and South African-born British passport holder Barrie Forrester-Smith (South Africa) both join as all-rounders.
Richter, who will open with new signing
“The feeling in the club is this is going to be a very big year for us, with the second team having moved up to the Tucker Gardner (Cambs and Hunts Premier League) Division One.
“We have one of the strongest first teams I have seen in a while and I believe we are capable of a top-half finish.”
They have not been handed an easy start, with the winners of the league on the last three occasions, Swardeston, heading to Mingay Park on Saturday (1pm).
But Richer, set to open the batting with another new signing in Ben Barna-Laue, sees it as a good chance to catch them while they find their feet.
“For us, it is the perfect time to play them,” he said.