Barrow Gurney Cricket Club this week unveiled the captaincy teams for next season and it features a blend of youth and experience.
The young and promising first team are to be captained by off-spinner Frank Forge, last season’s player of the year, with the experienced help and support of new vice-captain, and key all-rounder, Ed Holdaway.
The first team have been confirmed in Division 5 of the Bristol & District League where, it has recently been announced, they will play Abbots Leigh 1sts, Almondsbury 2nds, Bath 4ths, Bristol Lions 1sts, Chew Magna 2nds, Chilcompton 1sts, Congresbury 2nds, University of Bristol Staff 1sts and Winterbourne A. Frank and Ed are hoping to build on last year’s strong finish to the season which allowed them the comfort of a mid-table position after some close games went against them earlier in the season.
Meanwhile the 2nd team will be led by medium pacer Mike Lilley with the support of last year’s second highest wicket-taker, Adam Brace, both of whom are regular players in the Division 13 side. Mike, who joined Barrow from Hallen some years ago, is particularly keen to put something back into the club which welcomed him with open arms. They will be hoping to lead the team to a more consistent season supported by greater availability from players.
The 2nds will be playing sides they know well from the last 2 years: Abbots Leigh 2nds, Bedminster 5ths, Carsons & Mangotsfield 2nds, Chilcompton 2nds, Coalpit Heath 3rds, Mells 1sts, Old Park 1sts, Patchway 2nds and Thornbury 4ths.
Mark Forge is to continue for another season as Sunday 3rd team captain with the help of the much younger Oscar Livesey in the North Somerset Division 4 whose fixtures were published on the BGCC website a few weeks ago.
With the new team on board we look forward to the coming season and wish our new captains and vice-captains good luck!