Worlington captain Richard Ford has challenged his squad to maintain the momentum of their title-winning campaign and establish themselves in Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship Division One.
Last year’s Division Two champions start their new challenge at a higher level with a trip to Haverhill on Saturday (1pm) as they aim to prove they can make the step-up.
With the welcome additions of former Felixstowe captain Shaun Cooper and brothers Adam and Richard Horrex joining from rivals and Division Two runners-up Lakenheath, Ford is confident his side can more than make an impression.
“We are looking to build on the momentum of last season and hopefully we can establish ourselves at this level,” he said. “Shaun has been a great addition and we’re expecting good things from Adam and Richard this year.
“Haverhill is a great game for us to test where we are and if we can win that it will set a good benchmark.”
As for Lakenheath, captain Greg Palmer believes his side have a point to prove after sealing their return to Division One.
As in their promotion campaign last year, Lakenheath’s core will be built around the bowling prowess of Nigerian fast bowler Prince Akolade and Palmer himself, who claimed 49 and 43 wickets respectively to top the divisional charts, with Shane Leech and youngster Dom Palmer also expected to make a big impact.
Palmer, whose side face a delayed start to the season due to issues with their Eriswell Road outfield, meaning they start with a visit from Hadleigh on May 3, is eager to make up for a disappointing display when they were last at this level.
“We definitely have a point to prove,” he said. “We want to make an impact this time and I’m confident we can stay up.
“Having Prince back for another season in particular is huge for us and should prove vital to us making an impact.”