Cricket: Old Brentwoods keen to bounce back after relegation

PUBLISHED: 12:00 10 May 2018

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Old Brentwoods are keen to bounce back up to Shepherd Neame Essex League Division Two after being relegated last campaign, writes Jacob Ranson.

The club has appointed Baber Choudhary as first-team captain ahead of their Division Three title push.

A club spokesman said: “The aim is definitely to bounce back and the determination and hunger is as high as it’s ever been.

“We were very disappointed to drop out of Division Two, but we learned some valuable lessons, which we will need to implement if we make it back up.

“We lost three or four of our top performers and did not replace them adequately, however with that being said the players we did have should have been good enough to avoid going down.”

Choudhary has replaced Khalid Sarwar as captain but the later will remain at the club. “He has been with the club since 2016 and has been a revelation,” added the spokesman.

“In 2016 he scored big runs for us and filled in as a back-up keeper eventually making the position his own.

“In 2017 in Division Two he excelled even more and was the first batsman in the whole league to reach 500 league runs, he also showed his prowess with the ball last year by delivering tight spells of controlled off-spin.”

Old Brentwoods have made a handful of changes in personnel, including a return for Owais Sidakat, and they are backing their whole squad to impress this campaign.

“This year there has been a change of the playing staff and our pool of players has increased to the point we may be able to field a third team for the first time in 10 years,” said the spokesman.

“In terms of our dangerman, Baber himself would be the player most opposition will be fearing, especially after his unbeaten 152 against Walthamstow already in the cup.

“In addition ex-skipper Khalid will hopefully benefit from having the captaincy shackles removed and making a big impact with bat and ball.

“It’s a cliche, but all of the boys have their own skill-sets which make them dangerous to any opposition, but it needs to be married with consistency.”

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