CtC go again in the Kennington Park Thursday league looking to go one better than their second-place finish in their debut season in 2016. The renewal sees an entirely new set of competitors, disappointing those squad members who wished to renewal acquaintances with Zapoi, Jesmond Gentlemen and Clapham Rovers. Rudimentary research suggests that only one of the new opposition have played LMS before, Chasing Tails, who reached the Champions League last year and therefore start the season as favourites (a crushing victory in the opening round chasing 109 in just 7.2 overs certainly backs this up).
CtC broadly retain the same squad as last year with only Ben Nunez stepping aside to focus on a new job. Additions come in the form of two young Philanderers, wicket-keeper batsmen and Skuttler Guy Skinner, and large sweded all-rounder Alex Carew. We look forward to seeing how they go in this format. With the ball the seam attack will be led by Rutt, Davidson and Gimson with Dorgan and Rudkin Junior the spinners, with the likes of Conway providing support. There are perhaps more interesting questions around the batting line-up, with a lot of pressure on last year’s success stories and self-styled cannons Dillon and Pemberton under pressure to reproduce that form and avoid the dreaded second season syndrome. Cassels Junior, the man with a big LMS reputation, will also be feeling the pressure as he looks improve on a n underwhelming 2016 season. Simon Shaw is our ‘keeper.
One big concern for CtC is the loss due to injury of premier all-rounder Will Hammond who suffered a broken collar-bone whilst making a fleeting cameo for The John Stevens XV. The bad injury news is balanced by the good news that George Dean has a re-occurrence of his long-standing back issues and we may be spared his pies for the rest of the season.
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