Letter from 1st XI Cricket Captain

Happy New Year to everyone at Purley CC,

With Xmas and New Year’s festivities well in the past I am in no doubt everyone has been in the gym and training hard in preparation for this year’s critical season…..Should the bitterly cold weather, ridiculously bad travel conditions or the financial despair of January be weighing you down keep faith. For there is now a faint but glimmering ray of light at the end of the winter tunnel. After all it is only 93 days until the first game of the season! Which will no doubt herald the arrival of glorious sunshine and tropical temperatures.

As I am sure you are all aware by now Winter Nets start Thursday 29th January at Whitgift School in South Croydon running from 9pm-10pm. Please make every effort to attend as it is only an hour and productive sessions may prove the difference in the first few games. Equally important is your mission to spread the word as we would love to see as many new faces as possible this year. Should you be seeking a new club and want to come down for a session feel free to contact me for any information on 07528 061 406.

It is my ambition to help all teams drive forwards this year and achieve the success we all know they are capable of. Under the guidance of Alan the 4th XI has come up just short of promotion in the last few seasons but this year they can fulfil that promise and with some luck get over that finish line. Taz and the 3rd XI have performed extremely well over the last few seasons and now have a fantastic new ground to look forward to. This should see their batsmen benefit from a proper track whilst the all round game quality will also see massive improvement. The 2nd XI has had a tumultuous previous season but with Asif now in charge and a new set of values and younger players emerging it is hoped this will be the new breeding ground for the wealth of aspiring talent at Purley CC. The 1st XI has not lived up to its potential over the last few seasons and my hope is that they can really push on to a ‘Top 4 finish’. This will require far greater consistency in the batting displays and the application of talent to game situations.

The basis for this success will begin at nets so bearing that in mind I look forward to seeing as many of you as is possible at nets next Thursday.

Kind regards

James Scott (1st Team Captain)