Sheringham CC hoping it’s the start of a new era

Sheringham Cricket Club can finally look forward rather than back.

In the last three years, the Lobsters have had a huge turnover of players and suffered three relegations. However, a positive close season looks to have turned the tide for the seaside club.

The recent annual meeting saw a whole raft of volunteers stepping forward onto the club committee, and the young core of the club are driving it forward in 2013.

The club has had a successful winter recruitment. Most notably, former players James Moy, David King and Jimmy Hall have transferred back to the club from Fakenham and Great Witchingham. First team captain Wes Neave will also be able to call on returnee wicket-keeper Kristian Howell, as well as a number of youth academy products who have shown strong signs of promise, particularly during the last few weeks of the 2012 season, which keeps the captain's options very open:

'Last year, we were very close to being a competitive side', said the skipper. 'We just lacked a bit of know-how, and were probably a batsman and a bowler light. Having both James and Jimmy back gives us options. James will take plenty of wickets for us, and is a talented batsman. Jimmy on his day can destroy bowling attacks. He's a proven batsman with many match-winning innings behind him. Add the current core of the side, in addition to the many talented younger players we have, and we should enjoy a successful year.'

Behind the scenes, Sheringham CC is looking as strong as ever. Newly elected chairman Adrian Platt is just one of a number new faces on the club's committee, and the club has been re-energised by the commitment and drive of its volunteers. This was highlighted at the recent Cricket Force event, where many players, parents and supporters spent two days getting the club's Weybourne Road home ready for the new season. With a new sponsor backing the club with a new team kit and tracksuit, positivity for the season is high.

With Sheringham Sports Association's recent success in gaining a £60,000 grant from Sheringham Town Council, the future of sport in Sheringham is looking bright.

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All perspective new players, young and old and of all abilities, are encouraged to come along and give cricket a try. For more details, contact secretary Chris Moy on 01263 822165, or check out sheringham.play-cricket.com for more details.