WITH the cricket season upon us reporter Ian Murphy takes a look at the borough’s two big Birmingham and District Premier Division clubs
Knowle and Dorridge CC will be looking to go one step better than last season and win the league.
The firsts came second in the world’s oldest league last year and will be hoping that this can be their season to pick up the title.
Speaking to the Solihull News before the first outdoor nets session of the season, first XI captain Jamie Spires admitted that it had been a good couple of seasons for K and D.
“We should’ve won the league last year if I’m being honest,” the 31-year-old said, “We won the league for the first time in our history in 2009 and came second last year so we are hoping to win it again this season.”
With a lot of their rivals signing ex-international cricketers as their overseas players, K and D have decided against paying a large sum of money to seal such a deal - preferring instead to focus on a tight-knit local group as well as having the use of Warwickshire C.C.C player Richard Johnson, who they hope will be free to play for them every Saturday.
“We’ve got a settled side now and decided to just consolidate this year,” Jamie said, “Overseas players are expensive and we are going to rely on the guys who all know each other and get on well.”
The club runs four Saturday teams and three Sunday teams - as well as boasting a thriving junior section with training for at least one of the age groups running every night of the week in the build-up to the new season. The first XI kick off their season away to Kidderminster Victoria C.C on Saturday May 7, with their first home fixture at Station Road, Knowle, on Saturday May 14 against Moseley C.C. Anyone who wants to get involved with the club can do so by visiting the website at: http://www.knowleanddorridgecc.co.uk/.
The other Birmingham and District Premier Division outfit in the borough is Streetsbrook Road-based Moseley CC.
They’s already had a positive start to the season with victories over Walsall in the Graham Wilkinson Trophy and Old Hill in the National Knock Out competition and new skipper Abdul Hafeez is upbeat about the future.
“Our hopes are high - we have a talented squad of players, quite a young side, and our prospects are looking very encouraging,” said the former Dorridge CC man.
In the past Moseley have struggled with the bat but with the arrival of the former Warwickshire and Worcestershire star the club hopes to put those problems behind them.
In addition to Hafeez batsman Alex Stanley has arrived from Melbourne as their overseas player and the side has been further strengthened by the arrival of Warwickshire’s Laurie Evans.
“Hopefully we will bolster the batting and provide that missing link,” said Hafeez, who started his career with Moseley.
“However although I used to play for the club the players are new to me and it will take some time for me to find out their style of play so this is very much a new experience for me,” said the 34-year-old.
Moseley Cricket Club is a big organisation with a thriving junior, youth, and womens section. The clubhouse has been expanded and anyone looking to enjoy some first rate cricket in Solihull should look no forther than the Streetsbrook Road club.
For more details visit http://moseley.play-cricket.com/