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New captain Northcote keen to help build Woolpit foundations

BRIGHT FUTURE: New Woolpit captain Andy Northcote (centre) is confident the club can build on their most successful season on and off the field

BRIGHT FUTURE: New Woolpit captain Andy Northcote (centre) is confident the club can build on their most successful season on and off the field

New Woolpit captain Andy Northcote believes the club have foundations in place to build on the most successful year in their history.

Having overcome a stuttering start to life in the East Anglian Premier League, the club secured survival to end up as the highest-placed Suffolk side.

Further success followed throughout the club with the second side gaining promotion from Two Counties Division Four, while the ladies’ side and Sunday XI clinched their first silverware, winning the Ladies Challenge and Hunts County Bats Suffolk League respectively.

And with scope for improvement off the field — with negotiations ongoing into a formal lease on their Rectory Lane-based home — allowing possibilities to invest, Northcote, who replaces the departed Mike Jones as skipper after two years at the club, is excited by the course the club is taking.

“I’m very happy to be taking over as captain and I’m really excited to be helping with the development and progression of this club,” he said. “It is really important that we focus on the whole club and look to get some of the younger players moving through the ranks, we need that foundation.

“We are still a growing and developing side but this year we are confident of really pushing on, everything we are putting into place will be positive.

“We learnt a huge amount from last year and have got smarter from the committee right through to the players.

“The improvements we are making now will have a massive impact and everything is looking good.”

n Elveden Cricket Club senior indoor training starts today at the Mildenhall Dome (8-10pm). Sessions have been capped at £2 with the club keen to encourage new players.

For more details, contact Chris Wood on 07714336647 or email, elvedencricketclub@gmail.com.

 

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