‘Nearly men’ keen to go all the way
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Lord’s has been replaced by the picturesque ground of Wormsley, Bucks as the venue for the 2012 Trophy Final, but Cambs’ desire for another long run in the event can be confirmed by the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.