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Old Buckenham Cricket Club looking for promotion push after last season's relegation from Cecil Amey Opticians Norfolk Cricket Alliance Premier Division

Old Buckenham are looking to banish the memories of last season’s struggles by mounting a Cecil Amey Opticians Norfolk Cricket Alliance Division One promotion challenge in 2019.

With just three wins to their name last term, Old Buckenham finished bottom of the pile in the Premier Division and were subsequently relegated.

However, with new captain Rob Thurley and his vice-skipper Glen Meredith at the helm – stepping into the role to replace the injured Terry Perry – positivity still reigns at the club.

Old Buckenham CC
Old Buckenham CC

And providing that they can get off to a positive start – beginning with tomorrow’s opener at home against Horsford II – Meredith is hoping that an exciting few months are in store.

“Last year was really challenging at times. We lost a couple of players and were unlucky at times with injuries, especially the one Terry suffered,” said Meredith.

“We want to get back into the Premier Division as quickly as possible and so promotion is the ambition this year.

“Confidence and momentum is going to be important and you only get that by winning games, which is why we need to get off to a good start.

“That did not happen last year and we could not get going after that.

“Going down may not be the worse thing, especially for the young lads. They will be playing at a different level and not up against overseas players every week.

“It was still disappointing to come down but we have done well in our friendlies, winning all three, so everyone is feeling positive.”

The majority of last season’s squad has been retained, while the ranks have also been bolstered by the arrival of bowler Charlie Tunstall from Worlington and Saham Toney batsman Ben Smart.

Both arrive at Old Buckenham with plenty of experience, which Meredith believes will help to give the side a better balance.

“Charlie produced some good numbers last year and he is a little bit different to what we already have,” he added.

“He can bat a bit as well so we are really pleased he has joined us.

“Ben also scores plenty of runs and both will give us some much needed experience and things will look more balanced with them in the side.”

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