Young players are the key to success at Colwall says skipper Head

Young players are the key to success at Colwall says skipper Head

Colwall Cricket Club v Pershore CC Wehan Joubert bowling for Colwall. 1427_20009 (7891113)

Colwall Cricket Club v Pershore CC Sam Crichard fielding for Colwall. 1427_20008 (7891111)

Colwall Cricket Club v Pershore CC Mike Gooch (right) is congratulated after taking a catch 1427_20011 (7891117)

Colwall Cricket Club v Pershore CC Colwall pavillion with the Malver Hills behind 1427_20010 (7891115)

Colwall Cricket Club v Pershore CC Max Backhouse bowling for Colwall. 1427_20007 (7891109)

Colwall Cricket Club v Pershore CC Wehan Joubert bowling for Colwall. 1427_20012 (7891119)

Colwall Cricket Club v Pershore CC Mike Gooch bowling for Colwall. 1427_20005 (7891105)

First published in Sport

COLWALL skipper Dan Head believes the key any success they may have this season is down to the young players coming through.

Colwall Cricket Club are third in the league after defeat in a top of the table clash with Pershore last Saturday and Head believes the sides position in Worcester League Division One is largely due to the clubs faith in young players.

He said: “For me, I’m the oldest player in the side - I’ve always been an opening batsman.

“It’s about giving responsibility to the younger guys in the team and guiding and teaching them.

“I’ve sacrificed myself a little but I’m not the future of the club and these guys are so if I can get them performing well at the top of the order it will leave them in good stead.”

Colwall were promoted from Division Two just last season after being relegated the year before and said his challenge as the new captain was to keep them up.

He said: “It was fantastic to get promoted at the first time of asking, you look at us two years ago with pretty much the same side and we had won just two games all season.

“My brief was to keep us up, but I knew there was a lot of talent here, we could do better than that.

“We’ve exceeded all expectations being where we are, we’ve just got to do what we can do and see what happens.”

Despite the success so far, Head and the club are not looking too far ahead and he won’t allow himself to start thinking about promotion to the Birmingham League.

He said: “I’m not really thinking about promotion at the moment.

“I know it’s a cliché but we’ve got top of the table Pershore today, we’ve got second placed Worcester next week and we’re third so I think we will have a better understanding of whether we can win that league after these games.”

He added that if the next four or five weeks go well they can start talking about promotion then.

He said: “I think our strength is in the win/lose games and we have still got five of them to come at the end of the season.

“If we can maintain our form until then, it sets us up nicely for those games at the end of the season.

“If with five games to go we’re still up there we have got a chance.”

Colwall second-team are currently second in the league and Head believes the strength of that squad is important to the first team.

He said: “The strength in depth at the club is absolutely massive, there are five or six of them that are knocking on the door of the first team.”

Colwall were without Nick Panniers and Rory Jones for last weekend’s game at home to Pershore and Head said the strength of the seconds is important to replenish the first-team squad.

He said: “We work really closely with the seconds, we train together – it’s really important we have that strength.”

Colwall have Wehan Joubert as their overseas player this season and the spin bowler has made an impact taking 24 wickets already this season.

Head said: “We’re lucky to have him for this season – he’s class.”

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