Aiming high

Wisbech Town Cricket Club v MCC'Tom Bourne with Gary Freear
Wisbech Town Cricket Club v MCC'Tom Bourne with Gary Freear

Both local senior cricket sides are aiming high in the Cambs Tucker Gardner Premier League Division One.

The campaign begins on Saturday with March Town hosting Camden and Wisbech Town at promoted Waresley.

Wisbech captain Alan Burton said: “The goal is to win the league and go up to the East Anglian Premier League and make sure we’re prepared.

“We’ve worked really hard and are geared up towards that goal. We have got a strong top eight batting side.”

Wisbech will field their new signing, New Zealand quick bowler Bradley Perrett (24), who arrives in England this week. Perrett plays Premier cricket for Eastern Suburbs as well as the Hamilton ‘B’ representative side.

Burton added: “In terms of the make-up of the side Bradley is someone who is experienced and for the players to look up to. Apart from James Williams and Jack Hastings our seam bowlers are quite young.”

On other signing Josh Bowers, Burton said: “Josh is a very fluent player. As well as a very good wicketkeeper, he has the potential to score 800 or 900 runs.”

Burton – whose background has seen spells at Peterborough, West Yorkshire side Altofts and in Australia and New Zealand – says he came to Wisbech because he “wanted to captain,” adding: “I’ve seen plenty of Northants Premier League cricket, and I wanted to sample the Cambs League.”

March club skipper Chris Ringham sees Aussie overseas all-rounder Steve Seymour and fellow opening bowler Tyler Phillips as key players at The Avenue.

He said: “Steve is a massive boost for us especially based on his performances in the four weeks he was here last year (his feats included a hat-trick). He’s a good batsman, bowler and fielder.

“If he can put together the same performances but over the season who knows where we can finish.

“Tyler was player of the year last year and he can bat a bit.

“You need a good start, get a few wins on the board and re-assess about halfway through the season. If you are in the top three or four you’ll be ready for a title challenge.

“I still feel we need one or two more players to chip in as well as the key ones.”

Shardul Brahmbhatt is back in the March nets. “We’re not sure how many matches he will play but he should be here for most of the season,” added Ringham. He’s another massive boost for us.”

The number three batsman and off-spin bowler only played three games last year before flying out to India in preparation for his marriage, which took place in January.

“I’m delighted to be back,” commented 26-year-old Brahmbhatt.

Ringham added: “We were fourth last year and we want to improve on that. There are rumours about other sides and it could be the most competitive season we’ve had yet.”