Hatfield Hyde players confident as new season approaches

PUBLISHED: 14:07 22 April 2009 | UPDATED: 22:21 26 October 2009

Hyde skipper Kevin Gray

Hyde skipper Kevin Gray

HATFIELD Hyde go into the new season in great shape, both on and off the field. The King George V club will be looking to build upon the promotions secured by the 2nd and 3rd XI respectively in 2008. The start of the new season sees Kevin Gray take over a

Eddie Mills

HATFIELD Hyde go into the new season in great shape, both on and off the field.

The King George V club will be looking to build upon the promotions secured by the 2nd and 3rd XI respectively in 2008.

The start of the new season sees Kevin Gray take over as 1st XI captain, replacing the outgoing skipper Barry Griffith, who held the post for two seasons.

Barry leaves the team in good shape and a division higher after securing the Herts Division Five title in his maiden season - a fantastic achievement.

A key player for 'Baz' in his two seasons was Ryan King, who has sadly departed these shores and will no doubt be terrorising batsmen in New Zealand before too long.

King's class with bat and ball was only matched by his larger than life presence in the dressing room and he'll be missed at the club this season.

Thankfully, player recruitment at the club should mean that his absence isn't felt too keenly on the field.

The sad demise of Cavendish Cricket Club after many successful years has seen five players join the Hyde ranks.

Brothers Jason and Elliott Bryceland are joined by Suresh De Alwis, Umesh De Alwis and Thushara Rupasinghe and will not only add class to the club, but also add to the atmosphere in the dressing room.

They are joined by two UK-resident South Africans in the form of all-rounder Dean Storah and batsmen Wikus Van Der Walt, who joins from Buntingford.

New captain Kevin Gray has a tough job on his hands selecting his best XI and this in turn should strengthen the 2nd XI, still captained by Eddie Mills.

With a couple of promising youngsters added to the ranks and the senior colts developing nicely, the scene is set for a promotion push on all three fronts.

Those keen to take in some games at the King George V will also be interested to know that the 3rd XI have returned to the park and will be playing their cricket on the 'range' in 2009.

Off the field, improvements have been made to the clubhouse over the winter and it is looking in its best shape for some years.

A special mention goes to club members Dave Nobbs and Matt Douglas who have worked tirelessly throughout the close season.

With the club close to announcing some exciting development plans, 2009 promises to be a landmark season for everyone involved with the Hyde.


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