Danny Berry “The league will be tough due to our slow start, but I’m sure there’s enough time for us to turn it around”
Tuesday 16th May 2017 @ 16:54 by Mark Phillip

Having failed to register a single victory in their opening four league fixtures at the start of this season, it’s fair to say that Hyde Cricket Club’s first team are experience something unusual at the moment.

After claiming the league title on successive occasions in 2014 and 2015, as well as lifting the Cheshire Cup last year, the Werneth Low side has become accustomed to winning silverware in the previous three seasons.

And although things appear to have taken a turn for the worse this year, captain Danny Berry remains optimistic that he can guide his side to the right end of the Cheshire County League Premier Division table.

Speaking before the loss to Neston last weekend, Berry outlined some of the reasons for a sluggish start to the campaign. “Maybe it’s a bit of a transition, as we’ve got a few of the younger lads, who are not disappointing us” said Berry.

“We’ve got Ian Fisherman, an Australian, who’s a really good player.

“We’re just settling into the season, and we’re traditionally slow starters but we’re just a little bit slower this year.”

Hyde opened their account this season with a draw at Cheadle, before losing three consecutive fixtures against Toft, Bowdon and Neston.

Berry believes Hyde’s fortunes could change once the highly-rated Fisherman adjusts to the English conditions.

Speaking about the 23 year olds arrival at the club, Berry said: “I’ve played in Perth myself, so it’s tough to come over here and play in these conditions.

“He’s a seem bowler, but we use different balls in England which don’t swing, so he’s learning his game and I’m sure in the next couple of weeks he will settle into it, and he’ll become a leading wicket taker in our league.”

Berry will also be hoping to take advantage of the experienced Danny Cranmer this season.

Although Hyde lost to Bowdon earlier this month, Cranmer came away with remarkable figures. Berry said: “Danny struggled to find his pace during the first two games of the season, but in the last game he took six wickets, so we’re hoping for a lot more from Danny with both bat and ball.”

While the table makes for grim reading at the moment, Berry is adamant that, with time, the club’s league standing will change for the better. “The league will be tough due to our slow start, but I’m sure there’s enough time for us to turn it around” he said.

“We’ve got games coming thick and fast, and there’s no better time for us to turn it around and win games in chunks.”

On Sunday, Hyde beat Bradshaw by one wicket to progress to the next round of the National Knockout Cup.

Charlie Hewitt, who ended on five not out, helped his side to victory with a well taken boundary.