NEW skipper Rich Morris is reluctant to make any predictions, but he would love nothing more than to see Nailsea press hard for promotion from the Globe Sports Bristol & District Senior Division after last season’s demotion from the WEPL.
The North Somerset side had been battling against the drop for a couple of years before finally slipping through the trap door.
And Morris is honest enough to admit that relegation could well prove to be a blessing in disguise as his club begins the job of rebuilding.
He said: “It’s not been the best of times, but now it’s a case of onwards and upwards.
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“We’ve lost a couple of players, which was inevitable, but a couple of lads have also come back to us and we’ve also got a lot of good youngsters here which bodes well for the future.
“We will be selecting on merit, rather than reputation, and I’m also hoping that we’ll be a bit more mobile in the field this season.”
Batsmen Tom Moss and Henry Davies are back in the fold while there are high hopes for 15-year-old Noah Pring at the top of the order.
On the bowling front, it is hoped that 17-year-old seamer Josh Dann – who has already been clocked at 82 miles per hour – can make an impression along with promising all-rounder Liam Lester and leg-spinner Harry Hope.
Division One outfit Old Down, meanwhile, kick off their 170th anniversary celebrations with an Auction of Promises next Thursday (May 9).
The oldest surviving club in the Bristol area are raising money for ground improvements.
The special event takes place at the Manor House at Old Down Country Park (7pm), and more than 70 lots are going under the hammer including cricket, football and rugby memorabilia, golf days, race days and holidays in the UK and overseas.
Corporate hospitality packages at Bristol City and Gloucester Rugby will also be available. For more details, visit www.olddowncricketclub.co.uk/auction.
Cleeve, who are celebrating their 65th anniversary, tonight inaugurate their new outdoor nets.
Sport England assisted with a £47,000 grant towards the three-lane project at the village club who, thanks to £5,000 from waste management business BIFFA, now also have a new artificial wicket. It is hoped that Somerset’s Steve Kirby will be on hand to cut the ribbons.
Cleeve were last season promoted to Division One under the captaincy of star all-rounder Anup Kolambkhar who is once again returning from India.
The club’s celebrations will include a match on June 7 against the Bristol & District representative team who will also be in action on July 7 at Bristol Civil Service, who this summer mark their 60th birthday.