Captain's Season Review -3rd XI - Craig Nicholls

Captain's Season Review -3rd XI - Craig Nicholls

By Web Manager
12 September
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Craig reviews his debut season as captain


How do you feel your first season has gone?
I'm not sure this is a question I can really answer myself but I hope the squad and the committee will feel it's been a successful season. Results didn't go our way but I think realistically we have to judge our success based on how smoothly the two third eleven teams were run and how many fines we picked up as we moved through the season. Our greatest success has probably been the number of new players we have managed to get signed on and the participation levels both at training and on match days and I'm very proud of this. We've had two teams full of a lot of new players and we've been able to compete in all of our games.

What have you learnt over the first season?
That even at my ripe old age playing cricket is a fantastic way to make broaden your horizons and make new friends. Also that results and league positions aren't the only way to define success. I play to win, I like winning and I'm not a massive fan of losing but sometimes you have to see the bigger picture and take a longer term view.

Season highlights?
I'm not going to lie, winning our only game at home to Rishton was the major highlight but watching the young lads achieve their various successes has been great and getting 44 different players playing cricket across 4 different teams was a big moment.

Star players?
Myself obviously but to be honest every single member of the squad has been a star all season. We've had young lads scoring runs and taking wickets and we've had the adult volunteers who have turned up week in week out to play and bat wherever they've been asked. I wouldn't feel comfortable picking one or two so you'll have to make do with a silly comment about me being awesome.

Are you planning on staying on for next season and what are your plans to build in the off season?
Yes I am planning on staying on for next season. I've really enjoyed this season and I'm looking forward to seeing if we can build on what we have achieved and take it into next year. I'm hoping I'll be having plenty of conversations with the occasional pint of hen harrier in hand over the next few months and then launching into winter nets and the 2020 season when the time comes.

Where would you like to see both your side and the club in 12 months' time?
I'd like to see our commitment to development rewarded with all four sides competing towards the top of their respective leagues whilst being full of home grown talent - and I genuinely believe we can do it.

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