Captain Lewis looking for Herts' young guns to step up

PUBLISHED: 14:13 22 April 2009 | UPDATED: 22:27 26 October 2009

Andy Lewis

Andy Lewis

CAPTAIN Andy Lewis is looking for the county s young guns to step up to the plate this season. The North Mymms batsman is keen for the younger players in his Herts squad to start delivering now, rather than promising for the future. I am looking for the

CAPTAIN Andy Lewis is looking for the county's young guns to step up to the plate this season.

The North Mymms batsman is keen for the younger players in his Herts squad to start delivering now, rather than promising for the future.

"I am looking for them to start taking ownership of their own performances," he said.

Two of the younger guns, Stevenage's opening batsman Gary Brown and WGC's wicketkeeper-batsman Dan Blacktopp, have been taken on the MCC's Young Cricketers' scheme at Lord's, which will restrict their availability for Herts this season.

"We are very pleased and wish them the best of luck," said Lewis.

Herts played a warm-up match against Middlesex's 2nd XI at Letchworth on Sunday, and picked the side for the Northumberland match having deliberated over the performance.

Not only is it a long journey on Saturday night, it is also a long time since Herts won a match in the one-day competition.

In fact, it is almost three years since they beat Oxfordshire in May 2006.

Last year the tone for the season was set when Herts lost their first two wickets of the season before scoring a run as they were bowled out for 101 by Norfolk.

They were then unable to defend 274 against Suffolk at Welwyn Garden City.

After the trip to Northumberland, Herts play the traditionally strong Staffordshire side at North Mymms on Sunday, May 3, Suffolk away seven days later, and finish their group matches by playing Norfolk at Digswell Park on Sunday, May 31.

Should they qualify they would then play knockout quarter and semi-finals before the final at Durham's Riverside ground in July.

Herts start their six-match Minor Counties Championship programme with another long journey, to play Cumberland at Sedbergh School from June 7-9.

Their first home game is against Suffolk at Hertford CC, starting on Sunday, June 21.

They also face Bedfordshire at Bishop's Stortford CC from Sunday, July 5.


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