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Aston Manor 2nds vs Handsworth
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A View From The Captain

"The main aim for the season, as it was last year, is to continue to develop the young talent already within the club. Last season a considerable number of players aged 18 and below played 2nd XI cricket on merit, and the hope is that the trend will continue this season. There are already a number of players who have established themselves over the past few seasons, now its time for them to prove that they have the real ability to push on and prove themselves.

With the strengthening of the 1st team it means that other quality players are available and competing for places. This will be a key focus for all throughout the season as we strive to push on from an excellent all round season in 2012. With the opening of the new outdoor nets facility there is a positive vibe across all teams.

The important mix of experience with the up and coming is massively important to us and it is really pleasing that we have an approach across the team to ensure that everyone gets a good game and enjoys themselves, whilst also pushing for victories. Where we maybe slipped up a little in 2012 was in our consistency. This is key and the experienced players are the ones that will be stepping up I'm sure.

After a really difficult winter and the weather of the few weeks before the season starting being a real challenge I would like to thanks groundsman Phil Shaw and team, not only for his ongoing efforts for 1st and 2nd teams, but also the youth set up. All clubs are supported by unrewarded effort and we have excellent support from our committee a big thanks must always go to Dom Ashton - who if it wasn't for him we would not be able to have anywhere near the options for youth development and competitive cricket, as well as excellent facilities. Our new nets are superb and very much something else for us to build on again."

David Woakes, 2nd XI Captain

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