Top four target for Welwyn Garden City first XI skipper

PUBLISHED: 16:38 06 May 2015 | UPDATED: 16:51 06 May 2015

James Hewitt

James Hewitt

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Prior to their Saracens Hertfordshire League Premier Division opener at Potters Bar this Saturday, Welwyn Garden City’s first team captain James Hewitt and his side are aiming for a top four finish.

WGC under-performed last season but Hewitt believes with the return of former England player Owais Shah they are in for a good shout of finishing high in the table.

Hewitt told the WHT: “We have lost players like Jamie Southgate, who is a very good player, to North Mymms and James Scott has gone back to where a lot of his family play at Potters Bar Cricket Club.

“Paul Barker is still injured as well so I think the youngsters will have a good shot this season.

“The presence of Owais (Shah) when he is available to play for us will help with that because he is very good with the youngsters so his experience will be a vital commodity for the team.

“The key to this season is challenging the likes of Radlett and Harpenden.

“We had a really good start to last season but fell away, but if we maintain a good level, we can finish higher this time around.”

The first team warmed up for Bar this weekend with a very testing home clash with a Twickenham XI.

With several regular players missing, WGC, chasing 249 to win, were bowled out for just 168.

Tony Skeggs top-scored with 37 but on the whole, it was a schooling for Hewitt and his inexperienced side.

He continued: “It wasn’t the result we were hoping for but that is the nature of friendly games. We got out of it what we wanted which was some minutes on the wicket for our batters and loosening the arms of some of our bowlers.

“It was a chance for some of the team to stake a claim for a starting berth on Saturday so we have some decisions to make before our first match.”


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