Great Brickhill looking to turn heads again

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Great Brickhill CC skipper Graeme Carter believes the sky is the limit for his side as they get ready for their second season in Cherwell League Division One.

Carter has played a significant part in the team’s remarkable success over recent years, and having led their 1st XI for the past three season, he has now taken over as club captain of the village outfit too.

Brickhill’s rise through the divisions has made the club a major force in the local area, with five straight promotions before their debut season in the Cherwell top flight in 2012.

That first season brought a very respectable third place finish, but after the unusual feeling of having nothing to celebrate come the end of the summer, Carter is confident his young squad can do even better in 2013.

“I think the sky is the limit really. My goal for last season was to finish in the top three at the end of the season, and we did that,” said the 24-year-old.

“I’d be happy if we were in the top three again. But I also believe we’re very capable of finishing higher.

“Great & Little Tew won the league last year and we played really against them twice, so we’ve proved we can hold our own in the league.

“I’d be very surprised if Horspath are not up there again this year, but we have added some quality to our squad, so we’ll see.”

Bowler George Humphries joins from Stony Stratford for this campaign, as does former Wolverton Town batsman Michael Baker. However, the standout performances in the team’s winning draw at Tiddington last weekend came from Great Brickhill veterans like Garth Davson and Doug Aris, with the latter getting his season off to a flying start with a ton.

Brickhill were then beaten by Knebworth by four runs on Saturday, and another friendly game at Bletchley follows this weekend before the serious action gets under way at home to Oxford Downs on May 11.

Carter said: “You can never predict what will happen in a season, but the best sides will usually come out on top in the long run,

“We’ll just play our game and see where it gets us at the end of the season. We can’t be concerned by things we can’t control, like the weather. It’s the same every year and we’ll just get on with it. Hopefully it will be a good summer.”