Worksop Cricket Club 1st XI got their first win since they won at Whitwell last June when they defeated Stockport Trinity in a pre-season friendly on Saturday, under the captaincy of 19-year-old Tim Smith Jnr.
Smith junior is the club’s youngest captain and he will lead his team out for the 2017 season which sees Worksop drop to the third tier from Notts Premier League to compete in Bassetlaw & District Cricket League Division One.
While some may have regarded the clubs brave move of making the former Worksop College student captain at his age, Smith answered them with an unbeaten half century and bowling figures of 4 for 13.
Now at Northumberland University his commitment to the club where he was brought as a youngster, to watch his father and brother Conor play, is evident by an over 300-mile return train journey every weekend during term time.
The skipper intends to make it worth his while: “I lug my cricket bag plus all my university stuff both ways and it makes me very determined to help get Worksop all the way back to the Premier League.”
Heis dad has taken over team management after nearly 40 years of service to the club and together with his son skipper hope to take Worksop back to the Premier League in five years.
“We have some great clubmen here; our youth policy is going really well and we have made some excellent additions to the 1st XI squad says the new skipper.”
The Smiths convinced another former Worksop College student Dan McLean to join the club. McLean on his debut knocked up 34 and took two wickets for four runs in just two overs against Stockport Trinity.
Another new signing is Worksop College batsman/keeper 16-year-old Patrick Delahunty, who warmed his gloves with two stumpings and three catches against the Cheshire Division 2 side whilst opening with a solid 20.
With the experienced Chris Taylor, Harry Taylor and vice-captain Ross Wicks joined by the returning left arm spinner Dave Hancock, the Smiths believe they could challenge for immediate promotion back to the Championship.
Worksop’s committee are looking ahead to the new season and club cricket development manager Rich Williams admits it’s an exciting time.
He said: “There’s a real buzz about the club and we need to keep it that way. The mixture of our experienced players with the enthusiasm of the younger guys should lead to a good season for all our teams at every level.
“We also have big plans to improve the facilities at the club to allow us to be able to offer cricket all year round. Securing of funding to put those plans in action is well underway. As a club we are making positive strides in the right direction.”
Worksop’s season in the Bassetlaw & District Cricket League Division One gets underway a week on Saturday when they visit Whitwell who were also relegated from the Championship last season.
Tim Smith Jnr will start heading for the game by jumping on a train late Friday evening in Northumberland. If the club he loves intend to get back all the way to the Premier League in five years they and he know they have a lot of distance to cover.
It could be an interesting journey.
- Worksop CC are keen to hear from any perspective players who should contact Rich Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org. Meanwhile, this Saturday the 2nd XI are in pre-season action away to Blyth.