Fresh from a pre-season tour to Rwanda CtC approach the new season with some optimism as they seek to improve on last season's run to the final.
The 16 man squad from last season has been retained in full, despite rumors of wide scale defections to And That's Lunch. In addition two new members have been added in an official capacity to the LMS squad, though both are well known to the club, and indeed played several times in the format last year - Ed Pearson and Tom Sherwin. With Hammond now officially ahead of Cassels B in the world rankings, perhaps the biggest question is whether Cass can respond, or how many others could power past him with Henry Rudkin, Jack Dillon and Jamie Rutt all within touching distance. The bowling is even closer, with Rupert Rudkin still ahead, but Davidson, Hammond and Rutt all in hot pursuit.
At the request of the Director of Cricket we have moved from the Kennington Thursday league to the Wednesday renewal which gives us five new teams to face. Bamber's Bandits appear to be the strongest of the bunch with a world ranking of 1759, though their 8 wicket win over LMS debutantes Grays Inn Old Giffers last week suggests they may have strengthened over the winter. HCS Wanderers are also new to the format whilst The Jiminy Crickets are also in their first season, but have played a warm-up, a defeat to our old friends Zapoi by racked up 217-1. The league is completed by The Platinum Ducks complete league and will surely be looking to improve on their 0/10 record last season (which did feature a draw, to be fair).
Director of Cricket Henry Rudkin commented "This season presents a whole new array of challenges on the pitch, with the club fighting on numerous fronts, 8 aside LMS, and a strong mix of 40 over red ball cricket together with some conventional white ball cricket. And we also play 7 aside knockout cricket [on tour in Frenace]. CtCCCC inadvertently are becoming innovators of the game and are leaving the ECB behind"
Social Sec Ben Cassels took a more cautious tone "I'm concerned that the move to Wednesdays will destroy the valuable drinking culture that I heard developed after many games on Thursdays. Moving to Wednesday to accommodate the Rudkin brothers summer property drinks seems a real shame. This coupled with the closure of our favorite Burgess Park our makes me nervous for the season ahead"
Hugh Pemberton simply added "FIREUPBEYYYYYYYYYS"
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