Knebworth hope to make a real promotion challenge

PUBLISHED: 17:30 16 April 2009 | UPDATED: 22:09 26 October 2009

Knebworth cricketer Ryan Skeggs, who has a striking resemblance to President Barack Obama!

Knebworth cricketer Ryan Skeggs, who has a striking resemblance to President Barack Obama!

KNEBWORTH Park Cricket Club are hoping it will be third time lucky this season for their first team as they look for that elusive promotion. After finishing third in the Saracens League Division One for the last two seasons, Knebworth are hoping to go up

KNEBWORTH Park Cricket Club are hoping it will be third time lucky this season for their first team as they look for that elusive promotion.

After finishing third in the Saracens League Division One for the last two seasons, Knebworth are hoping to go up this time around.

Again they will be captained by Herts all-rounder Tony Skeggs with Aussie Jarrod Turner his vice-captain.

The skipper's brother Ryan, who also plays for the club, has hit the headlines in the close season with his striking appearance to President Barack Obama.

His likeness is so good that he has joined a lookalike agency!

Back to the cricket and the Park have been bolstered by a number of new players, including all-rounder Rob Large who was previously captain of Buckingham Town.

They also have a posse of outstanding young players who have developed impressively during the winter.

Left-arm quickie Charlie Randall, fast bowling all-rounders Bill Thorne and Matt Hutchinson, and wicketkeeper batsman Louis Champion have all been involved in South of England training. Randall has also gained a youth contract with Middlesex.

In total, the club currently has 19 players in Herts County teams at all ages, and many others in district and area teams.

The club starts off with a trial match this Saturday, games against Preston on Sunday and then matches against Harpenden and Hertford the following weekend before the Saracens League season kicks in.

The club is back running six XIs in the league after only having five last year.

Encouraging news is that the 5th and 6th teams will be playing at Aston Village's picturesque ground.

Senior training is on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6pm.

New players are welcome, so phone 07907298248 or 07867580492, or visit the club's website www.kpcc.org.uk for more information.

The club, which has ECB Focus Club accreditation, has 12 junior league teams including girls' teams. Under-11 to U14s train on Saturday mornings at 9am-11am and Under 6-10s on Sundays from 9.30am to 11.30am.

Registration nights for colts are tonight (Wednesday), tomorrow (Thursday) and Friday between 7pm and 8pm where parents and players can meet coaches/chairperson and see the facilities.


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