HOWZAT: Navestock bid for more success ahead of 250th birthday
PUBLISHED: 17:15 05 May 2017
Club preparing for milestone anniversary in 2018
Navestock Ardleigh Green are hoping for another successful campaign, ahead of their 250th anniversary season in 2018.
The first team amassed their highest points tally in several years (290) to finish fourth in Mid-Essex League Division Six last summer and have been promoted following a competition restructure.
And captain Matt Simmons is looking for his young side to maintain their upward momentum, in the face of stiff opposition in Great Wakering, Rainham and Ingatestone seconds, saying: “Having set our sights on promotion last season, my expectations for the side this year are to achieve a top-half finish, building on the development of what remains predominantly, a young squad.
“I will be looking towards to the likes of the Greaves brothers – Billy and Tom – to continue on from last season’s superb performances with bat and ball and Tiraj Patel to contribute with a significant run haul, whilst picking up a number of dismissals behind the stumps.
“Rob Duhig and Liam Faulkner were stand-out improvers with the bat last season and I would expect them to progress further and would like to welcome Billy Lozowski into the first team fold.
“He joined Navestock last year and impressed with the ball in the second half of the season for the first and second teams.”
Simmons also hopes to play a leadinng role with the bat himself, while remaining consistent with the ball, adding: “All in all, I would expect another positive season, with more victories than defeats, and to establish the team firmly within the top half and pushing towards Division Four as a future target.”
Dad Vic will continue to skipper the second team, which finished two points off second place in Division 10 last year, but now finds itself in Division Eight.
Including a similar mix of very experienced senior players and promising juniors, with participation to the fore, he said: “Last year’s finish will be very difficult to emulate given the two division promotion, but we will see.
“The squad is virtually unchanged with runs from Ian Scott, Graham Stock and Phil Sergeant vital to back up the generally reliable bowling attack led by promising junior Tom McCarthy.
“It’s an important season for the club as they move towards their 250th anniversary in 2018, which will include a Cricket Festival and Anniversary Dinner.”