‘Best for decades’

Worksop I Cricket Team.  Front: Chad Keegan, Vipinlal Manikoth, Luke Ambrose (Captain), Thomas Barker, Glenn Pym.  Back: Chris Taylor, Wayne Spooner, Liam Somers, Conor Smith, Akil Mirza, David Hancocks  (w110503-4a)
Worksop I Cricket Team. Front: Chad Keegan, Vipinlal Manikoth, Luke Ambrose (Captain), Thomas Barker, Glenn Pym. Back: Chris Taylor, Wayne Spooner, Liam Somers, Conor Smith, Akil Mirza, David Hancocks (w110503-4a)
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WORKSOP Cricket Club are fielding their strongest side for years, and their promotion bid is right on track.

Those are the views of Central Avenue captain Luke Ambrose, who has guided his men to the top of the Bassetlaw Championship after 14 games, with a 38-point lead.

Speaking to the Guardian after Saturday’s game at home to North Wheatley with Leverton fell victim to the weather, Ambrose said even his expectations had been surpassed by this year’s first 11.

“The season so far has gone better than we expected,” he said.

“However a few games into the season it soon became clear that we have a very strong team, probably the best that we’ve had for many decades.”

“We expected that we could finish in the top three, but I’m delighted that we got off to such a great start.”

With eight games left in the Championship schedule, Ambrose is confident that promotion to the Notts Premier is more than a distinct possibility.

“I’m confident that we can win the league, but there’s a long way to go.”

“It’s clear that we have the quality and the only Achilles heel that I could foresee is complacency.”

“But with a professional approach and a continued high level of commitment I think that we can go all the way.”

Despite not tasting defeat yet this season, Worksop have not had it all their own way, and the skipper picks out a close affair against the side occupying second spot as a defining moment for his men.

“The highlight of the season so far has to be the win over our closest rivals Farnsfield, when we fought back from a sticky position to claim the full 20 points.”

On Saturday Worksop travel to Thoresby Colliery, who sit ninth in the Championship.