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New Shenfield skipper Smith is excited by the challenge of getting back to the top flight

PUBLISHED: 09:00 14 December 2018

Shenfield Cricket Club announced the return of Roy Smith as captain on social media (pic Shenfield CC)

Shenfield Cricket Club announced the return of Roy Smith as captain on social media (pic Shenfield CC)

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Newly-appointed Shenfield cricket captain Roy Smith is excited by the challenge of trying to get his new side back into the Shepherd Neame Essex League Premier Division.

The vastly-experienced batsman helped Hornchurch win an unprecedented Essex League, Cup and T20 treble this year, while Shenfield slipped out of the Premier Division with Southend last term.

And Smith will be back in a Shenfield shirt in the New Year, as Jack Kliber’s eight-year spell in charge comes to an end.

“I had five exciting years over at Hornchurch, building up to winning the treble, so they were good times for us at the club,” Smith said.

“But now an opportunity has arisen at Shenfield after they were relegated, they wanted to re-build and hopefully get back into the Premier Division, and I thought it would be a good challenge.”

Smith joined Hornchurch in 2014 when they were in Division Two and led them to two promotions, before stepping down as captain to be succeeded by Billy Gordon.

And the long-serving captain admitted he loves the challenge of a promotion hunt.

“I do enjoy it, it gets my blood flowing, I like a good challenge and it’s somewhere I’ve played before about 20 years ago.

“It’s a lovely club, very much a family orientated club, nice people and they want to go places.

“It’s something I enjoy and having the know how comes in handy when you want a promotion.

“But it’s all about getting the right recipe and when you’ve done it so many times, I wouldn’t say it comes easy, but it’s easier when you know how.”

He revealed that he will be bringing a former Hornchurch team-mate in Chris Sains with him to the club ahead of the new season.

“One of my old mates Chris Sains is coming over with us to Shenfield; he’s an experienced, quality player.

“He has seen it and done it before at levels, so it will be good for him to be coming over and he’ll certainly strengthen that middle order with his fire power.”

Smith also heaped praised of his new club’s former captain Kliber for his eight years of service to the club but insists he will still be in the team.

“I would like to give a special mention to Jack Kliber who done a brilliant job in his eight years.”

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