Howzat: Hutton Cricket Club skipper Stuart Feeley hoping for better in Essex League Division Two this season
PUBLISHED: 16:00 01 May 2016
After a collapse resulted in relegation, Hutton looking for improvement in coming campaign
After underachieving in 2015, Hutton captain Stuart Feeley has challenged his players to put it right in the Essex League Division Two this year.
In a strange sequence of events, Feeley’s men went from sitting comfortably in mid-table to bottom of Division One last summer.
One of the main reasons for their relegation was seeing Indian Premier League star Hanuma Vihari Gade go home early.
Gade scored a sensational 832 runs in 11 matches at an average of 83.20, but Hutton couldn’t cope without him.
“We underachieved last year for certain. Our overseas went home early and we struggled in the last six or seven games,” said Feeley.
“Mid-season we were sitting pretty, but kind of just fell apart at the end. We have been doing some rebuilding during the winter, we’ve brought a few players in and a lot of our youngsters have come on really well.
“Some of them have got into the Essex team for their age group, so things are looking good for the club.”
With Hutton so dependable on their overseas player in 2015, they have gone down a different route this season.
Talented Zimbabwean Carl Mumba has joined for the current campaign and Feeley is excited about his potential.
“Last season we had Vihari, but this time we have a first-class opening bowler in Carl so we’ve not gone for a batsman,” he added. “He is a really quick bowler and that should help, especially on our pitch.”
Feeley believes his squad has enough quality to achieve promotion at the first time of asking. They will just want more consistency throughout the season and not a poor finish like last year.
He said: “We will try to bounce back straight away. I think we have definitely got the players to do that.
“Our squad is young which is great. They have all come on a lot during the winter so it will be interesting to see how they do at first-team level. I’m quietly confident with the talented youngsters we’ve got we can be contenders.”
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