‘Nearly men’ keen to go all the way

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Etbusiness Daily - By ALAN SWANN alan.swann@jpress.co.uk

THE crick­eters of Cambs will hope to shed their tag of the ‘nearly-men’ of the Mi­nor Coun­ties when they start their KO Tro­phy cam­paign against Cheshire at Saf­fron Walden on Sun­day (11am).

Cambs were one game away from an ap­pear­ance at Lord’s in this com­pe­ti­tion last sum­mer.

They lost a semi-final to Hert­ford­shire be­fore also los­ing in the final of the Mi­nor Coun­ties Cham­pi­onship to Devon.

Lord’s has been re­placed by the pic­turesque ground of Worm­s­ley, Bucks as the venue for the 2012 Tro­phy Final, but Cambs’ de­sire for an­other long run in the event can be con­firmed by the qual­ity of their new sign­ings.

For­mer Eng­land Un­der 19, Sur­rey and Le­ices­ter­shire bats­man Chris Thompson will make his de­but for Cambs against Cheshire, while medium-quick bowler Do­minic Reed will also play.

Reed is a for­mer mem­ber of the Uni­corns squad, a team cre­ated to com­pete in the first-class CB40 com­pe­ti­tion.

Mem­bers of the squad are all play­ers with­out cur­rent full-time con­tracts with one of the reg­u­lar first-class coun­ties.

Cambs will be skip­pered for the sec­ond suc­ces­sive sea­son by Peter­bor­ough Town pro­fes­sional Paul Mcma­hon.

He said: “Last sea­son, although ul­ti­mately dis­ap­point­ing, was very en­cour­ag­ing in terms of the progress we made as a club.

“To win nine games across both for­mats was an im­pres­sive achieve­ment, es­pe­cially hav­ing won four in 2010 and none at all in 2009.

“I hope we can vividly re­mem­ber the pain and dis­ap­point­ment of los­ing the Tro­phy semi-final and the Cham­pi­onship final and this mem­ory is some­thing that can spur us on to­wards go­ing one bet­ter this year.”

Mcma­hon’s club­mates Alan Bur­ton, Lewis Bruce and David Clarke will play against Cheshire as will Wis­bech cap­tain James Wil­liams, who is the side’s vice-cap­tain.

It’s an im­por­tant game for Cambs who saw their first fix­ture in this com­pe­ti­tion against Here­ford­shire rained off, while Cheshire have man­aged to play and win their sole fix­ture so far.

Cambs are in a tough group which also in­cludes Northum­ber­land and Cum­ber­land. The top two in each group of five qual­i­fies for the quar­ter-fi­nals.

Cambs (home to Cheshire, Saf­fron Walden, Sun­day): P. Mcma­hon, J. Wil­liams, J. Barrs, L. Bruce, A. Bur­ton, D. Clarke, G. Goosen, D. Reed, P. Richer, P. Sum­mer­skill, C. Thompson

OR­TON Park CC are seek­ing new play­ers. Con­tacts for any­one in­ter­ested are Nick Brad­bury on 07739 832036 and Sam Tyler on 07528 158436.

Or­ton play in Hunts Di­vi­sions Two and Four and also run a side in the Hunts De­vel­op­ment Di­vi­sion.

The club of­fers Satur­day and Sun­day cricket with some friendlies. They ex­pect to re-ap­ply for a Rut­land League slot in time for next sea­son.

CARRY ON CAP­TAIN: Paul Mcma­hon leads Cambs again.

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