Hawley Looks Ahead To Fast Approaching Season
Monday 4th April 2016 @ 10:54 by Mark Phillip
Denton & Audenshaw Sports

Denton Cricket Club First Team Captain, James Hawley, spoke ahead of the clubs first season in the Greater Manchester Cricket League Second Division.

We move into the new season with a new sense of optimism, not only have been become apart of the newly formed Greater Manchester Cricket League but we have some different faces in the clubs hierarchy which can hopefully inject some new ideas into our club.

Firstly, I would like to thank the committee for their support and faith they have shown in my by appointing myself as captain. I am very much looking forward to this new challenge and hope that throughout the club we have a very successful and progressive year. In my mind, I have no doubt we have the capability in all of our teams to make this one of the most rewarding and successful seasons to-date.

Our preparations started at the beginning of February with winter nets based at Total Cricket. The attendances on the whole have been good and I think everyone has gained something out of our new approach to nets. I can see some real development from a lot of players from last season and this includes both juniors and seniors. Hopefully this year will see a real integration of all teams in the club and that we can enjoy each other success. This is on of the fundamental values I want us to uphold throughout the year, no matter what!

Our junior section looks very strong this year and I firmly believe with the appointment of Geoff Greenop as Head Junior Coach and also 3rd Team Captain that we will see a real transition of our youngsters from playing age group cricket to playing on the weekend for the senior sides. There are a number of juniors in particular that myself and the selection committee will be monitoring to see if we can progress them through the teams. There would be nothing more rewarding to have a 1st Eleven with the majority of the team coming from our junior set up and the fact we are even discussing this goes to show that all of our coaches are doing a tremendous job and deserve a lot of credit for the time and effort they have put into our club.

We have recruited some new faces this year. Our overseas – Cloete Buitendag will add some further quality to our team. Cloete is predominately a batsmen but will also bowl some more than useful off-spin. We have also been told that he is a fantastic fielder, this will be crucial to our team and hopefully he can implement some new ideas and thinking into our club. Andrew Pannett has been recruited from Woodley, Andy looks to be a crucial addition to our bowling attack and will give our attack some more firepower. He is different to any other bowler we have and will no doubt be a success. Casey Roche – All Rounder, Casey has shown some excellent skills in our nets so far and I believe that as an All Rounder he will be a great addition to the club. Callum Clayton has returned!! Callum has been a regular at our indoor nets and shown that he will be a good addition to our team, he is also a wicket keeper which will provide further competition in that department. Another Denton junior has returned home, with 2005 under 17’s league winner Harry Horsfall coming back from Ashley to add more steel and flair to the batting line up of the club.

Our season starts on the 16th of April at home against Flowerly Field. This is a team we know well and should be well prepared for anything that we throw against us. Unfortunately, I will unavailable for this game due to holiday commitments in Australia but my vice captain Ryan Halpin will take the reins.

Ryan has also been appointed as our cricket chairman and has already stamped his authority on the role. Ryan has been working extremely hard with myself and others to get this season off to the best possible start.

I would also like to mention John Foxall who won’t thank me for mentioning his name. However, since I have been at the club and even more so been involved as 1st team captain, I have seen the amount of work which John puts into the club. He is an unbelievable asset to the club and deserves all the credit that we can provide. Thank you John!

We have a number of club functions arranged during the cricket season, this is very important for building those relationships between all teams in the club but also supporting our club and getting some money behind the bar. These events are imperative for any club so please support our club when these events are rolled out.

I would like to wish everyone at the club the best of the luck for the season ahead and hope that everyone enjoys their cricket together.

If anyone would like to get in touch please don’t hesitate.