With the 2016 Season upon us we sought to get the views from the skipper Paul Gaskell (currently poolside in the Balearics), unfortunately he refused to pass comment. As chairlady Amanda Hall and crowd favourite Stephen Booth were similarly reluctant to speak to us, 'record breaking' vice-skipper Peter Dibb stepped up to the plate (it won't be for the last time this season he hastens to add)....although he may have slightly misinterpreted some of the questions (particularly the last 2).
What have you been up to over the winter? Over the winter I have mainly spent my time preparing for the new season down at crossfit clitheroe (plug) and eating kale salads as some of the boys seem to think. Valentine's weekend in Venice with the Princess was probably the highlight.
What are you looking forward to about the new season? I'm looking forward to us competing in all competitions on the field, off the field there is never a dull moment and from what I'm told, the antics have already started for some of CCC's finest!
What are your goals for the new season? Would have to be to try and retain the league title and reach a final (or two, or 3!) in the cup competitions. Off the field goal is to see just how many people our loyal supporters can offend at various grounds around the county!
Leading run scorer? Could be a good one this season. Our line up is stacked with batting all the way down. Jana has been quality for us, and I see him playing another big role in any success we might have. Lancashire Academy alumnus Jack Dewhurst has traded nights in the White Lion for quiet evenings with his girlfriend....so I'm backing him for a special season. The signing of Aneeq is a good one, and I can see him scoring a lot of runs too. Between those for me.
Leading wicket taker? Once again, Jana has been outstanding. Josh Marquet and Sharpy have also been very consistent (for men with a combined age of 115!) and the spinners Saud, Ali and Aneeq are three that I would expect to contribute throughout the season. Can't look past Jana though, 90+ wickets last season, not even the eternal optimist/international romancer Sticky could bet against that.
Youngster to watch out for? Charlie Dewhurst is someone I would expect to continue to progress. Very talented and showed glimpses of what he is capable of last year. Other young lads are knocking on the door of the first team and with a good season in the 2's, will have one or two looking over their shoulder. There is a very good crop of young players coming through who need to continue to work hard at training and make sure they progress again this season.
Any other predictions? Yes, our team manager to smoke 15000 fags, Matty C to be invited into Mensa and Bails and Stoddy to be blind drunk and singing by tea time most weekends.
RIBBLESDALE LEAGUE PREDICTIONS
Division A: top 3 (in no particular order...kind of), Clitheroe, Settle, Read or Great Harwood (will be interesting to see how their pros go).
Division B: Padiham
Cup: Tough to call, but could be between Read, Great Harwood, Oswaldtwistle and Padiham. Cup final is being held at Clitheroe though this year so I think I'm allowed to throw our hat in the ring too.
T20: a number of teams in for this, so it's tough to call. But from our point of view, we will be hoping to do much better than recent years. A full strength squad will see us match anyone. We might even see the Earl Of Barrowford, Thomas Ashley Lord make an appearance now that there's a shiny new kit for him to prance about in!
Dark Horses: Whalley. Some good signings over the winter both locally and overseas. It will be interesting to see how they go.
LCB KO: Some of our supporters finest away days... The trip to Lytham being a particular highlight on the party bus! Semi finalists 2 years in a row, we have to try and go at least one better and reach the final... Then it's anybody's game!
One to watch: Neil Bolton. They don't call him the "Guru", "The Great Man" or the "Gutter Rat" for nothing you know!
One to watch (overseas): Michael Houldsworth. Hopefully those oils of his will make it through customs in Melbourne. The masseuse has gone global!
Updated 15:48 - 21 Apr 2016 by Web Manager