Harlow Cricket Club bosses look to new season

Cricket / Sun 23rd Apr 2023 at 10:47am

HEAD Coach and First XI skipper provide their opinion of how the First XI squad is shaping up and promotion asperations for 2023.

It may not feel like it when one ventures outside but the new cricket season is almost upon us. Marigolds is a scene of verdant beauty with Cliff Clark desperately trying to get a roll or two on the square. The tranquil environs of our home masks a busy winter for the cricketing management at the club.

The First XI have a new captain in Tom Garner whilst Luke remains in place as Head Coach alongside Chair of Selection Simon Baulcomb.

On the cusp of the 2023 season opener (a friendly exchange with our friends at Hornchurch Athletic) we spoke to Tom and Luke about the changes to the squad and hopes for the new campaign.

Tom was elected as skipper unopposed after Jake Messenger stood down after a couple of seasons of genuine progress. The big question is, can the side finally reach Division Two having just missed out again last term?

Luke Heskett certainly believes so.

Luke “I’m hopeful all four Hamro Foundation league teams can compete at the higher end of their divisions. With the First team it will again be a promotion push and I think it’s achievable. Signing Sergio Fedee (new opening bat) gives us experience and added top order quality. Alex (Senior) and Rhys (Stewart) bring added control to the bowling attack. I back Tom to do a great job as captain and look forward to seeing the team perform this season”.

Skipper Tom also gave his thought.

Tom “I’ve certainly got some big shoes to fill but it’s a role I’m really looking forward to getting stuck into. Harlow is a club that has become close to my heart over the past year or so and to be able to lead out the First XI this season is an honour.

We have recruited carefully this winter, we wanted to find the right players to fit into our already close-knit team and believe in Sergio, Alex and Rhys we have found that balance. The squad is as strong as ever and I firmly believe we have what it takes to achieve the goals we have set ourselves.

We want to entertain and put on a show every week and that’s what we will strive to do. Support from the side-lines will be key during what is a long summer so I’m looking forward to seeing everyone down the club in the sun supporting the whole club, not just the First team.”.

On emerging talent and the importance of producing quality young players Luke added

Luke “The EPP continues to go from strength to strength. We will aim to be highly competitive in the County competitions we have entered at U12, U14 U16 and U19 levels following last year’s brilliant run to the Match Play final. We will also look to continue progressing those players into the higher senior teams and I look forward to them performing well on a Saturday as well”.

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