Around the Clubs.......
As excitement builds about
the new season, we thought we would have a look around at what's happening at
other local Clubs.....
Hythe & Dibden
After a great season in 2015
(aside from their defeat to Sway!), Hythe look like they will should have no
difficulty with coping with life back in CD2 their 1st team squad being boosted
by the return of Aussie star Luke Hodges and the signing of Jamie Meredith from
Peartree. Hodges has been scoring runs and taking wickets down under
in Grade cricket for Penrith. Meredith meanwhile scored 571 runs for Peartree in
CD4 last season, up from 531 in 2014.
One downside however is the
loss to Fawley and the lure of Southern League cricket of longstanding Hythe
player and 1st team bowler, Ali Briars.
After a pretty miserable
2015 season, Fawley are looking to bounce back. Aside from the signing of Ali
Briers (see Hythe above), they also welcome batsman James Nason who was
previously with Warwickshire Premier League outfit, Kenilworth.
2016 will also be the first
season at Fawley for long-time Hythe player and colts coach Woodsy who will no
doubt bring his energy and enthusiasm to his new club on and off the pitch.
2016 will see Bashley make a
big step forward off the pitch. The removal of the artificial strip on their
second pitch will allow both their 3rd and 4th XIs to "return home" and with the
5th XI playing just up the road at Ballard, these changes should be great for
club cohesiveness...and off course bar takings!
Bashley will have the honour
of hosting minor counties cricket with Dorset set to play a home match outside
of the county for the first time in their 119 year history. Dorset will play
Hampshire a T20 game at Bashley on May 19th (5.30pm start) - a great tribute to all the groundsman's hard work over the years improving the Bashley playing surface.
On the pitch Bashley have
signed Tom Gates from Fawley.
New Milton's cruising to the
SEPL Division 1 title last season means they have taken their place back in the
big time to join local rivals Lymington and Bashley in the Premier League.
Congratulations are due to
New Milton's veteran of 20 years, Nick Gargaro who was picked for Enlgand's over
50s squad for a tournament in Sri Lanka.
Brockenhurst have signed the
short-sighted but feisty A Mole who has already staked his claim for his
favoured fielding position on the cover boundary......
In other news the Club has
some shiny new advertising banners on the A337 which hopewill will attract them
some new players as well as attracting the inevitable letters to the parish
council from retired colonels!
On the playing front,
skipper Ian Pearson has stepped down as first team skipper after several years
in the job with Shripal Shah taking up the
reins. Shah, holder of the world record for the highest ever game of cricket
(5,785m) will no doubt treat
mere mole hills with the contempt they deserve.
Great news for local
youngsters - Burley that they will be fielding a colts side in 2016 for the
first time in many years. A rumour is going around that the evergreen Brian
Price might try and sneak into the juniors! We wish them well with their new
The Club appears to be on
the way back after a rocky period...and whilst on the subject of Rocky, Sway
members will be interested to know that former Sway legend Pete Hammett will
skipper the team this season and will no doubt make them competitive in the
Lyndhurst & Ashurst
The reward for a superb 2015
season was a double promotion for the Club's first XI and 2016 sees the
establishment of a 2nd XI. With two teams going well in the indoor leagues at
Fleming Park things are definitely looking promising for the new season.
The Club also managed to get
a mention on ESPN Cricinfo during the winter, albeit in an act of pedantry, it
was noticed that this picture was taken back in 2002!
Calmore have signed 18-year-old Australian
top order left-handed batsman Ben Moss from Melbourne-based club Brunswick
Slightly confusing news from Lymington -
thrown off course by the "Sept 2013" date at the top of their new website!
Still waiting to hear who they have as their Australian U19 player for 2016
and with two teams in the Southern League they are sure to be as competitive