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Southwell cricket captain determined to head north up the table

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Despite a challenging start to the season, Southwell cricket captain David Bates is confident he has the side to move up the table.

His side are currently second from the bottom of South Notts Cricket League Division C, having won promotion last season.

After a winning start to the campaign against East Bridgford, the following games have resulted in defeats. Saturday’s game against West Bridgfordians was abandoned because of bad weather.

Southwell Cricket Club in action.
Southwell Cricket Club in action.

But Bates said: “We have been on the losing side of two very close matches ­— one by 11 runs against Young Lions and one by one run against Gotham, which was obviously gutting.

“If these results had gone our way then I would have described it as a pleasing start to the season.

“We are currently in the relegation zone and obviously this is not where we want to be, but I do believe we have the players to get us moving up the table.

“Tom Glenn has been a brilliant addition to the side, adding value in all three departments. He’s currently our leading wicket taker.

“Jonny Butler is our top run scorer with some solid contributions throughout the season. Although only having three innings, James Johnston has showed his class with 50s in two of his innings.

“Alex Podmore has taken on the role of wicket keeper with aplomb and he’s scored quick cameos with the bat.

“Steve Wright and myself have got us off to good starts with the ball, whilst I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before Will Ashworth starts to take lots of wickets.”

He highlighted club youth development at the club and the willingness to play young players in senior teams.

The club hosts coaching from fully-qualified coaches, making use of excellent facilities.

“After getting promoted last season, this season is hopefully going to be one of consolidation before kicking on next season,” said Bates.

“We have introduced a number of younger players to the 1st XI in the past two years, and these players are developing into regular 1st team players. The club is always looking for new players and volunteers to help out with an extra set of hands around the ground, whether that be behind the bar or assisting with administration.
If you would like to get involved, please contact the club. Bates said that one of the best things about the club was the real sense of community around the field.

“What has been great this season is the return of match teas at Top Ground. Socially, it adds such a lot to the day and as players we are very grateful for those volunteers.”

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